Mali Tuareg rebels vow to fight Al-Qaeda


PARIS—Mali’s main Tuareg rebel group, which declared independence for the northern territory it conquered, said Friday it was ready to help fight the “terrorism” of Al-Qaeda’s African branch.

“The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) has clearly stated its demarcation from Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and its willingness to act within the framework of a mobilisation of all countries concerned by this curse,” its representative in Paris, Mossa Ag Attaher, told AFP.

He said AQIM’s “terrorism” was fostered by the “lack of action by the Malian state and the lack of hope for the people of the north who were mistreated or abandoned for decades.”

The MNLA on Friday declared independence in the north, a vast swathe of desert it calls Azawad, which it captured along with Ansar Dine, a much smaller group, over the past fortnight after a coup in the capital Bamako.

Ansar Dine, an Islamist group, subsequently took control of the city of Timbuktu. It says it rejects independence for the north and says it is fighting for Islam and to impose sharia law.

Security sources say that Ansar Dine has fallen under the influence of AQIM, the North African wing of the global extremist group, which is holding several Westerners hostage.

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  • Pauline

    buti pa yung tuareg rebels sa mali nilalabanan ang al qaeda eh dito sa pilipinas kakampi pa ata ng mga npa yung aby sayaf. mga peste nga naman oh. 

  • Jose

    Yeah, that’s not happening until they get independence, and they aren’t likely to get independence anytime soon, given the stands of the AU, EU, etc.

    They might not approve of Sharia, etc., but they did fight together with extremists for the rebellion, and I doubt they start anything with the Islamist factions until they finish matters with the regular Malian army.  They don’t want to fight two wars at the same time here.

    Pity too, as I’d support the Tuareg getting their own homeland.

  • sagbotgamot

    the Tuaregs will soon be another headache for the NTC of Libya. NATO’s control of Libya will be short lived. the Tuaregs of north africa have always been pro-gaddafi. God bless the Tuaregs!

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