IFUN, thanks for the Links....
I think Goodluck Jonathan has the best political name EVER...An extremely difficult job...but great name....
Looks like they've gotten the one actual Taureg Islamist group to switch sides...
Ansar Dine (Mali Islamists) ready to cut ties with al Qaeda
Malian Islamist group Ansar Dine has said it is prepared to distance itself from Al-Qaeda's North Africa branch, a newspaper said on Saturday, a day after sending a delegation to Algiers for peace talks.
Ansar Dine's leader Iyad Ag Ghaly "would be ready to officially distance himself from AQIM (Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) and play the 'democracy' game," El-Watan reported, citing an Algerian official.
A statement from Ghaly could be expected in "the next few days," the "credible" source added, saying that the Islamist leader would cut ties with AQIM and instead support international dialogue on the Mali issue.
[link to f24.my
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