Fri Apr 6, 2012, 08:18 PM
tabatha (18,795 posts)
Tuareg rebels in the war against al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb? (French translation)
The situation is still evolving as fast in northern Mali, but this time there is no question of lightning advances toward Bamako. He would rather the turn of the war, with Tuareg rebels who would fight AQIM (Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb). Just when the Tuareg movement announced (Wednesday night) the "end of military operations"? In reality, this unilateral decision by the MNLA concerns only the advance southward, and then suspends the attacks towards loyalist areas. The lock, from this point of view, would have been Mopti. Precisely, the MNLA has not taken Mopti (except shift), and his troops, having driven or seen fleeing the loyalist troops across Northern Mali (Azawad), is now turning to domestic problems. This is where the problem arises with AQIM, and the forces of another rebel leader, Iyad ag Ghali, who seems opposed to the MNLA and closer to AQIM.
The problem is particularly acute in Timbuktu, where all these forces are nested inside each other for two days, but also in the rest of Azawad, this Northern Mali that could eventually become a territory in search of its autonomy. Gao, for example, elements of AQIM close (probably MUJOA group), participated according to the MNLA hostage during the consulate of Algeria. Two people with explosive belts would be right now with the hostages, and a source within the MNLA says his group "is reluctant to storm!" We see how the situation produces surprising effects.
But back to Timbuktu. The MNLA, controlled locally by its chief of staff, Mohamed Ag Najim was the first to come into town for the weekend, almost without a struggle, is materialized before another group, Ansar Dine, ordered by Iyag ag Ghali, and some AQIM katibas. Evidenced by various sources, including those contacted by telephone in the city.
Between the MNLA and AQIM, divorce is vital
In fact impossible to go to Timbuktu, and it must be based on several sources, but without personal verification and direct, to understand what is taking place.
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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 08:34 PM
riderinthestorm (17,467 posts)
3. Wowza! Word salad... here's a link to a BBC article
And there's no clear indicator that the MNLA, AQIM and the other Islamist forces want a divorce at all - in fact, it's quite probable the Tuareg rebels are allying with the Islamists and Al Qaeda in order to finally secede since the Islamists actually control more area than the MNLA.