Ansar Dine Joins Peace Talks
One of the radical Islamist groups controlling northern Mali, Ansar Dine, on Friday sent delegations to Algeria and Burkina Faso to hold peace talks, a source close to the extremists said. . .
Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore is the Economic Community of West African States-appointed mediator in the Malian crisis, and has pushed for a negotiated end to the occupation rather than the use of military force.
Regional heavyweight Algeria is seen as a key player in dealing with Islamic extremism in the Sahel.
The latest talks come as international experts meet in Bamako to firm up plans for an armed intervention to wrest northern Mali from the hands of the Islamist groups which are to be presented to the U.N. in late November.
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NOTE - AJE is owned by Saudis. The founder of Ansar Dine became radicalized by working at Mali's embassy in KSA. It is rumored that Ansar Dine is Saudi supported.