The Islamic State has taken credit for an attack in Mali that left 30 Malian soldiers dead.
The Islamic terrorist group, which was formed in 1999, has terrorized large parts of the Middle East and Africa through bombings and beheadings. Recent losses in the Middle East have pushed the organization's forces farther into the central African region known as Sahel. Mali is at the western edge of that region.
Mali has been devastated by brutal terror attacks in recent weeks. At the beginning of November, Islamic terrorists killed at least 54 individuals in the northern part of the country. Later that month, 25 Malian soldiers were killed during an attack on two military bases.