MPs warn of Africa terrorism threat

Mar 21, 2014, 1:11 AM EDT
A French army helicopter flies over the desert on November 1, 2013, near the village of Bourem between Timbuktu and Gao, northern Mali.
AFP/File, Philippe Desmazes

The U.K. needs a "bigger footprint" in Mali and other Sahel-Saharan countries to fight extremism, a committee of MPs has said. The Foreign Affairs Committee pointed to a "mismatch" between the UK's vision of a secure western Sahel-Sahara region and its "very light" diplomatic work. It said jihadists had "put down roots" in the region, which was a "new frontline of violent extremism".
U.K. 'must do more' to tackle Sahel-Sahara terror threat [BBC]
MPs warn of Africa terrorism threat [London Evening Standard]