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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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