Mali

Malian Militias Look to Capture the North

Want to retake land seized by Al Qaeda-linked groups

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SEVARE, MALI — Northern Malian militias are uniting and training young men and women how to fight as they prepare for an offensive to the North. The militias reflect a growing eagerness among Malians to retake the territory seized by Al-Qaida-linked militants in April. 

There's a new generation of the Ganda Koy. Its leaders revived the militia in April shortly after armed groups seized Mali's three northern regions. Volunteers are getting a crash course in being soldiers.