Timbuktu

The Brazen Bibliophiles of Timbuktu

How a team of sneaky librarians duped Al Qaeda

How a team of sneaky librarians duped Al Qaeda

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Mali Burns, Malians Shrug

The fighting hits Timbuktu, but soccer's still on television.

The fighting hits Timbuktu, but soccer's still on television.

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Until a few weeks ago, Al Farouk, the patron djinn of Timbuktu, protected the ancient city in northern Mali. For centuries, from astride a winged horse in center of the city, the stone genie kept watch over the houses so that children didn’t sneak out at night. Legend had it that if Al Farouk caught you getting up to anything naughty, he’d warn you the first two times. If he nabbed you a third time, you’d disappear forever. Now Al Farouk has disappeared.

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Timbuktu Dispatch

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