Saturday, January 28, 2012

Mali: Government blames Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Azawad National Liberation Movement (MNLA) rebels to launch new attacks in north

The Malian government has accused Al-Qaeda of backing Tuareg rebels who fought troops over a town in the northeast in the latest push in their insurgency.

The rebels, many of whom recently returned from fighting in Libya, last week announced a fresh offensive in their quest for greater autonomy for their nomadic desert tribe, and on Tuesday attacked the town of Aguelhoc.

In a statement Thursday, the defence ministry said the Aguelhoc assault was carried out by “AQIM jihadis, MNLA forces and others”.

It was referring to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and the Azawad National Liberation Movement (MNLA), a rebel group.

This was the first time an official connection has been made between AQIM, Al-Qaeda’s north African arm, and the Tuareg rebels.

The News: … es/201201270460.html



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