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Message Subject Watch as it Develops - The Staged War Against Islamists in Northern Mali
Poster Handle Anonymous Coward
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Excuse my crappy rewording of Google translate....

Here is the 1st English language story on yesterday's fighting....

Al-Qaeda-linked fighters gathered reinforcements in the tense Gao region of northeastern Mali on Saturday and waited to see if the Tuareg rebels that launched a failed offensive a day earlier would regroup for a fresh assault.

Though the dusty town of Gao and its surroundings were initially under the control of Tuaregs, who are fighting to establish an independent state, the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) ousted them at the end of June.

On Friday, Tuaregs with the Azawad National Liberation Movement (MNLA) attacked the Islamist fighters but suffered a heavy defeat that saw about a dozen of their men killed, regional security sources said.

To prepare for a possible new offensive, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which is linked to MUJAO, sent about 300 reinforcements from Timbuktu, about 300 kilometres (185 miles) west of Gao, witnesses told AFP.

[link to www.google.com]

IFUN and I were discussing the fact that we don't know how many Jihadis are in Northern Mali....

If you convince the MNLA to launch an offensive against the Jihadis...
Best case, they might have some success...Worst case, you get an idea how integrated and numerous the various Islamists factions are....

Answer seems to be....they are closely integrated & there are number of them (already)... a number of new Islamists are in training now...
 
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