Mali doesn't get a lot of news coverage in normal times. The old shaggy-dog pun that comes to mind was the stainless-steel basin sold there, the unbrownable Mali sink.
Mali's northern parts, including the historic city of Timbuktu, has been taken over by jihadis who trash anything that they don't like; since they're just south of Libya, they might well have had a hand in the Benghazi embassy attack.
The president, whoever he might be come January, will have this one on his plate; the local African countries can provide some troops and diplomatic cover, but a Western responce seems to be needed, as Mr. Totten points out in his piece. If Yemen has become the drone capital of the world with their lawless wastes, Mali will be getting there in short order.
P.S.- here's your Timbuk3 earwig from the title.