Archive for January, 2013

Interview with Alghabass Ag Intalla, head of the Islamic Movement of Azawad (MIA)

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January 31, 2013
Alghabass Ag Intalla, leader of the MIA

Alghabass Ag Intalla is undoubtedly one of the most important players in the drama that is current unfolding in the far north east of Mali, which involves various factions of the Touareg community, the French army, Chadian soldiers, Mali and the wider international community, who are waiting at a distance with baited breath to...
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Guns, cigarettes & Salafi dreams: the roots of AQIM

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January 18, 2013
Guns, cigarettes & Salafi dreams: the roots of AQIM

There are facts about Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) that are reassuringly hard and verifiable. The organisation exists. It’s run by Algerian Arabs. It’s made a home from home in the north east of Mali, on Tinariwen’s native earth. It earns millions and millions of euros from kidnapping westerners. No one knows...
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The sandstorm of war in northern Mali

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January 11, 2013
The sandstorm of war in northern Mali

The situation along the demarcation line that separates Islamist-held northern Mali from the south of the country is agonizingly confusing. The Malian army claim to have recaptured the strategic town of Douentza, while the Islamist claim the complete opposite. How can we look through the sandstorm that surrounds the current Islamist advance south...
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Ansar ud-Dine speak out…at last!

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January 4, 2013
Iyad Ag Ghali - Leader of Ansar ud-Dine

Ansar ud-Dine speak up...at last! The Touareg lead mujahedeen group currently controlling large tracts of northern Mali have finally posted their 'Political Platform', on their website. It's one of the most illuminating and troubling documents that I've read so far during this entire crisis.
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