Mali Timbuktu Under Siege

June 2, 2012 - 8:57 AM
This photograph taken Friday May 18, 2012 shows AP reporter Baba Ahmed, left, with Elhadji Sidi Yattabar, of Mali's Islamic council, as they cross the Niger River some 16 kms (10 miles) from Timbuktu, Mali, escorted by fighters of the Ansar Dine. Ahmed made an emotional journey back to his hometown of Timbuktu where two months ago Tuareg rebels declared an independent state in the north amid a power vacuum created by the March 21 coup that ousted Mali's longtime leader. (AP Photo)