BAMAKO, Mali (AP) - In
one town in northern Mali a man has been whipped for drinking alcohol.
In another, pictures of unveiled women have been torn down. In a third,
traditional music is no longer heard in the streets.
While government soldiers
were fighting each other this week for control of the capital in Mali's
southwest corner, Islamist fighters were asserting control over the
Texas-sized northern half of the country. The Islamists, some of whom
are foreigners, are imposing strict religious law, setting up a possible
showdown with Tuareg nationalist rebels who say they want a secular
state and who seized northern Mali in March alongside the Islamists.
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