Mali Shows Jihadist Threat to Africa's ‘Soft Targets', U.S. Says

  • Militants seek to raise profile, head of Africa Command says
  • Attacks can boost appeal to potential financiers and recruits

Malian soldiers and special forces stand guard at the entrance the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 20, 2015.

Photographer: Habibou Kouyate/AFP via Getty Images

African nations will remain vulnerable to high-profile militant attacks like Friday’s deadly siege of a Mali hotel and it will be difficult for them to prevent similar violence in the future, said General David Rodriguez, the head of U.S. Africa Command.

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