Heart-breaking, I tell you.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb intended this desert country to serve as a base for its jihad across Africa. But in the towns Islamist fighters occupied and recently abandoned, the insurgency wasn’t able to keep its African allies from angering locals they were supposed to woo.

Perhaps they could use a little propaganda help from the American press, who either finds nothing bad to say about them or pretends that they don’t exist.