According to Human Rights Watch, police and soldiers played roles in 'disappearing' nearly 150 people amid Mexico's drug war. Tens of thousands have gone missing over the past six years.
The Assad regime says the attack underscores the need for unity. The opposition has contrasted the regime's lack of response with its relentless attacks on its own people.
French troops entered the once Islamist-occupied city of Kidal today without opposition. But dealing with Islamist guerrillas and placating secular Taureg rebels will likely prove more difficult.