Up in arms in northern Mali
In the past year, the northern half of Mali has gone from an independent secular state called Azawad to an area now run by islamic extremists and al-Qaeda. The U.N. is expected to decide whether to authorize a military mission to prevent a de facto al-Qaeda state from developing. (Read related article)
Sources: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs; CIA. Note: An earlier version of this map depicted the Mopti region of Mali as a rebel-held territory. In fact, Mopti is under government control. Laris Karklis and Bill Webster/The Washington Post.