Schism in Ansar Dine in Northern Mali

After the fourteenth day of French involvement combatting Islamic extremists in Mali, a schism has appeared in Ansar Dine, one of the three predominant groups occupying northern Mali. The Islamic Movement of Azawad condemns “in the most solemn manner all forms of extremism and terrorism … and reaffirms its independence and its desire to move towards … Continue reading

Mali’s putschist leader rejects ECOWAS personnel in fight to reclaim north

Captain Amadou Sanogo, the leader of the besmirched coup in Mali, announced on Monday that he will maintain relevance in deciding how the nation is run through the transitional period ahead, and that he does not want foreign forces on the ground to help reclaim Mali’s north from the Tuareg (MNLA) and militant Islamist factions, … Continue reading

Azawad declares autonomy, but civil issues yield international condemnation

The National Movement for the Liberation of Azaward declared their independence early Friday morning, in an announcement on their website. “We, people of the AZAWAD, by the voice of the National Movement for the liberation of Azawad (NMLA),” the announcement begins. “…Irrevocably, proclaim the State of Azawad independent from this day Friday 06 April 2012.” … Continue reading

Tuareg fighters use Qaddafi’s arms in renewed attacks against Mali

Boston – The armed conflict between Tuareg fighters and the Malian government that began January 17 entered its third week in northern Mali, with distorted claims of control and allegiance blurring the story. The nomadic fighters were previously trained and armed under the Qaddafi regime, but since the strongman’s death in October, many Taureg have … Continue reading