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AP Exclusives: The al-Qaida papers and bodies found in the desert

Found in Mali, the crucial documents continue to yield stories from West Africa Bureau Chief Rukmini Callimachi detailing the terror organization's ambitions in Africa, its strengths and even its concerns about an employee who didn't answer his phone and failed to turn in expense reports.


  1. Open this interactive to see confidential letters from top al-Qaida commanders, internal reports, arms manuals, receipts and more, written by the group's ideologues: 
  2. Callimachi's discovery of bodies in the Malian desert offered concrete evidence for killings that Mali's government had denied in public. Her report generated broadcast interest from the BBC World Service and NPR: