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FEB 04, 2013 - The Guardian

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Tessalit assumes vital importance in Mali's struggle against Islamist rebels

Saharan oasis town has geostrategic significance for Bamako, France and Tuareg separatists that helps explain the desert warTimbuktu may have attained mythical status as a fabled desert city, and its sister city Djenné may be renowned worldwide for its mosque – the largest mud building in the world – but there is a lesser-known town in Mali that has also cemented itself into local folklore.For many, Tessalit – a remote oasis set in one of the harshest stretches of Saharan landscape – is rich in history, intrigue and rumour. But now it lies at the heart of the country's conflict.As one Malian ... Read More

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