I'm fine - nice to see you back...I hope that you are doing well...
Things not so good for the Taureg...Chrit expected it to get worse...and it did...Tuareg rebels battle Islamists for north Mali town
Islamist gunmen fought Tuareg separatist rebels on Monday in a battle for control of the town of Menaka in Mali's northern desert, close to the border with Niger, both sides said....
"The fighting started early this morning and it is ongoing," said Moussa Ag Acharatoumane, a France-based spokesman for the independence-seeking MNLA Tuareg group.
"We have not given up on Menaka," he added.
A spokesman for al Qaeda-linked Islamist group MUJWA said its fighters had already seized control of the town, about 100 km (60 miles) from the Niger border, in clashes that had left many MNLA fighters "dead, wounded, and imprisoned".
Neither side could give details on casualties.
[link to my.chicagotribune.com
Note - Menaka is in GAO Region on the Niger River.