Mali’s government has launched a national debate, aimed at finding a solution to the increasing violence by armed groups in the Sahel region.
Across the border in Niger, an emergency summit is planned for Sunday.
Three days of national mourning have been declared after dozens of its soldiers were killed in attacks linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) this week.
Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris reports from Mali’s capital, Bamako.
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