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The Tuareg military forces of deposed dictator Gaddafi traveled with modern, heavy weapons and pick-up trucks south into Northern Mali where alliance were sought with Islamic militants from Algeria and Sunni terrorists adhering to Al Qaeda.

Many more rebels, veteran jihadists were transported with munitions, weapons by ship into ports of Turkey to overthrow Assad in Syria. See CIA post in #Benghazi. Funded by Arab Gulf states and Qatar, an broad alliance doing the U.S. Neocons a big favor. Proxy NATO were more than compliant, under leadership of Old Colonial powers and emboldened by New Europe to get grace from Washington DC.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 8th, 2023 at 05:22:42 PM EST
From my diary in January 2012 - updated links.

US special ops training Malian troops since 2004 - defect to Tuareg rebels | Business Insider - Apr. 5, 2012 |

The Tuareg rebel's Islamist allies, Ansar Dine, have not called for an end to fighting at the time of writing. They have different aims to the Tuareg rebels, calling for Sharia law rather than an independent state, and the BBC reports that they have links with Al Qaeda.

What's more, the allies may be splitting. The latest AFP reports suggest that Ansar Dine (which means "Defenders of Faith") have chased Tuareg rebels from Timbuktu, forcing women to wear headscarves and cutting off the hands of thieves. Three Algerian members Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's (AQIM) are also said to have been spotted in the city.



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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 8th, 2023 at 05:23:18 PM EST
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North African Salafists Turn on Sufi Shrines in Mali | REF World - May 18, 2012 |

The Salafist war on the physical legacy of Sufi Islam has opened a new front in the northern Malian city of Timbuktu, home to a number of ancient mosques and the famous tombs of 333 Islamic "saints." [UNESCO world heritage site]

The May 5 attack on the tomb of Sidi Mahmud Ben Amar (1463-1548) confirmed the fears of many in Mali that the Salafist Ansar al-Din occupiers of Timbuktu would turn their energies towards the destruction of the city's religious heritage. The attackers prevented worshippers from approaching the tomb before tearing off its doors, breaking windows and setting flammable portions on fire. One man who attempted to stop the destruction was bound and forced into a car (al-Jazeera, May 7).

The men were reported to have told shocked onlookers: "What you are doing is haram! [forbidden]. Ask God directly [for intervention] rather than the dead." Before leaving they promised to destroy other tombs in the city (Reuters, May 5). An Ansar al-Din spokesman described the leader of the attack as a "new member" of the group (a Mauritanian according to some sources) and suggested that his actions would be investigated (al-Jazeera, May 7).



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 8th, 2023 at 05:27:07 PM EST
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US Special Forces Trained Malian Army, Ethnic Tuareq Defect to Rebels | Jan 16, 2013 |

PART I of some sequence of events that may have been under the radar leading to the decision by France to intervene in Mali. Recently the Obama administration led us to believe "Al-Qaeda" was defeated.

I have voiced a different opinion during the last 12 months. The consequences for North Aftrica and possible backlash for Europe is already seen by this week's news headlines.



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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 8th, 2023 at 05:29:05 PM EST
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