The French government is leading an intervention in Mali, a former colony in West Africa, to repel Islamist rebels who have seized the northern half of the country and are moving south. It's a big, important story, but it's also complicated and can be tough to understand if you haven't been following. Fortunately, the Washington Post graphics team has you covered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You've got all the important factors here: the country's bifurcation by rebels, the hodgepodge of rebel groups, the French-led but African-heavy intervention force, and the push toward the capital city of Bamako. If you want to learn more, read the answers to the nine questions about Mali that you were too embarrassed to ask.