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Sunday Playlist: A small war in Mali
Rebel fighters operate a machine gun in northern Mali.
January 13th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

Sunday Playlist: A small war in Mali

By Dan Szematowicz, CNN

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(CNN) - Welcome to the CNN Soundwaves Sunday Playlist, a swing through the stories and podcasts that we're listening to.

The northern half of Mali, under control of al Qaeda-linked jihadists, has become a battle zone.

This week, French and Malian troops went to war there to prevent Islamist militants from advancing further south. They hope to ease the threat to the rest of Mali, one of West Africa's more stable nations.

It's an important conflict that has yet to make it onto the world's radar in a major way. Here's some of our favorite reporting on the conflict there, produced by other outlets.

  • First, let's start with how we got here. Public Radio Fresh Air has this comprehensive briefing on Mali's troubles with Adam Nossiter, the New York Times's West Africa bureau chief. The headline says it all: Northern Mali: A Violent Islamist Stronghold.

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