"Before joining The Times, Ms. Callimachi spent 10 years at The Associated Press. From 2006 to 2014 she was based in Dakar, Senegal, covering 20 countries as the correspondent and the West Africa Bureau chief for The A.P.
In 2013 on an assignment for The A.P. in northern Mali, locals led her to a complex of buildings which had served as the headquarters of Al Qaeda’s North African branch. On the floor and in upturned filing cabinets, she found thousands of pages of internal Al Qaeda documents including letters from the man considered to be the general manager of the terror network. Her series “The Al Qaeda Papers” illuminated the inner workings of the extremist organization, revealing that terrorists camping out in the dunes of the Sahara are expected to keep receipts and file monthly expense reports. " NYTimes.