Although I don't like the idea of the western media feeding us bullshit or staging incidents to sway the general public but I also think that there are other countries having political problems like is happening in Mali & Mauritania in West Africa! Cuz it seems that the Al Qaeda is involved in northern Mali.
As of July 2012, Timbuktuku, Mali is in the hands of Islamist rebels who captured the city from a secular rebel group in June. Most of the area's population has fled to non-rebel controlled areas of Mali or Niger. The rebels have imposed sharia law, which includes mandatory veils for women, the stoning of adulterers, and punitive "amputations" for thieves. The rebels have called for the destruction of all of the city's shrines, which they believe to be a form of idolatry banned by Islam. It appears most, if not all, of the shrines have been destroyed. More information can be found in the warning at the top of the Mali page. Even before the city was capture by rebels, the city was not very safe. Timbuktu lies precariously close to the desert areas where al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) have roamed freely and kidnapped many Westerners in the last few years. In November 2011, this reality finally struck home when 3 Western tourists were abducted (and a 4th killed while resisting) from a Timbuktu hotel in broad daylight!! Travel to Timbuktu should absolutely not be considered at the moment and travelers should follow the advice of your embassy. (Updated July 2012)