The collapse of the Gadhafi regime delights many Libyans but holds the risk of ongoing instability for much of the rest of the region.

The mercenaries he recruited in Africa over the years are deserting him and heading home, armed and without many prospects.

Journalist Peter Gwin is a staff writer with National Geographic and recently spent time with one of them, a member of the Tuareg tribe from Mali, who revealed Gadhafi's bloody agenda for ethnic cleansing. Gwin joined CBC Radio from Washington.

Listen to Gwin's interview with CBC Radio.


In the heart of the Sahara Desert and amidst of some of the world’s biggest uranium reserves, terrorists, smugglers and bandits threaten to seize control of northern parts of Mali and Niger.


September 17, 2014 /
Peter Gwin, Jon Sawyer
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Peter Gwin
Peter Gwin has spent months traveling throughout Mali and its neighboring countries since 2005. He explains how history and geography helped create the current crisis.