In 2012, radical Islamists imposed a reign of terror on Mali's Timbuktu. Now patrolled by UN peacekeepers, the liberated city is gradually returning to normal.
An early-morning attack on a UN base in the central region was followed by another hours later in northwestern Mali. The assaults confirmed the West African state as the world's deadliest active UN deployment.
The ICC has ruled that a Malian jihadist be fined $3.2 million for the destruction of Timbuktu shrines. International Bar Association executive director, Mark Ellis, told DW he welcomed the court’s landmark ruling.
The UN's mission to stabilize Mali, in the strategic Sahel region, has become the world's most dangerous for peacekeepers. Felix Schwarz, a police officer from Hamburg, was tasked with handling personnel and logistics for some 14-hundred police who took part.
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