On Sunday, The West African nation of Mali will hold presidential elections.
Erin Burnett reports.
A letter recently discovered inside a former Al Qaeda stronghold reported that in October, Mokhtar Belmohktar an Algerian terrorist was terminated.
In the 10-page memo signed by the group's 14-member Shura Council, Belmoktar is described as "a bleeding wound" who –
CNN's Erin Burnett reports on Mali offering the French president a camel that later became someone's dinner.
U.S. officials say Monday they're not entirely sure whether a key leader of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is dead or alive, two days after the Chad military reported that they had killed Mokhtar Belmokhtar in Mali.
Belmokhtar had claimed responsibility for the January attack on Algerian gas facility that left at least 37 foreign hostages dead.
OutFront tonight: CNN's Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr, Seth Jones, Author of Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of al Qa'ida after 9/11. He's also with the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corporation. And Peter Brookes, Former Deputy assistant secretary of Defense Under President George W. Bush.
U.S. officials confirmed Friday the death of a key member of al Qaeda. According to French military sources, Abdelhamid Abou Zeid was killed in an airstrike in Mali in February.
Abou Zeid was a deputy leader of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and his fighter were in northern Mali. Abu Zeid had a reputation of brutality.
Outfront tonight: Peter Brookes is a former deputy assistant secretary of defense under the Bush administration and retired general Wesley Clarke is a former NATO commander.