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The Islamic State is Expanding its Areas of Influence in Mali

The Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) is expanding its influence in Mali, endangering the city of Ménaka. The Malian government’s armed forces and al-Qaeda-affiliated fighters are absent in the region. ISGS engages in combat with government forces, killing civilians and displacing settlers from their homes. Non-jihadist armed groups are heavily involved in the war, coexisting with people who are not of their own race by engaging in illicit activities.