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US sanctions Al-Qaeda chief in North Africa

This handout photo of a video grab, provided by the SITE Monitoring Service on January 10, 2013 and posted on jihadist forums, reportedly shows Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) fighters preparing for war in northern Mali. The US has designated an alThe United States has designated an alleged senior North African Al-Qaeda leader a "terrorist" as part of Washington's support of French-led troops who wrested northern Mali back from Muslim extremists.