Mali: New Rebel Faction Wants Talks with Government
The Islamic Movement of Azawad (MIA) split from the Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith, in Arabic) a Tuareg-led group that was instrumental in the rebel takeover of the northern
The MIA group has called on the
This is the second time the Ansar Dine group has hinted at holding talks with the government, after envoys from the outfit met with regional mediators in November but no further effort on the negotiations was made.
In a statement released Thursday, MIA said it had denounced all forms of extremism and terrorism and now it wanted a peaceful solution to the
"We want to wage our war and not that of AQIM [al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb]," Alghabass Ag Intallah, a senior member of MIA told Reuters news agency by telephone.
He said the new outfit was now composed of only Malians, which is demanding for a broader autonomy rather than independence for the northern region.
The broader Ansar Dine is reportedly made up of Islamist fighters from
The group had formed loose alliances with AQIM and the Islamist group, MUJWA, in the fight for control of the
The Tuaregs are seeking a secular north they refer to as the independent state of Azawad, while the Islamists want to impose Islamic rule in the region.
The call for talks comes two weeks into the French-led joint operation with Malian troops in the north to push back rebels holding the region following their recent incursion southwards, threatening to overrun the capital
French continued to intensify its land and air campaigns on rebel installations that has seen recover of several central towns, as forces from the regional bloc, Ecowas continue to position to take over the mission from the French.
On Thursday air strikes by French warplanes targeting the town of
Foreign Ministries Urge Nationals to Leave
Foreign ministries of the three European nations issued statements ordering their nationals to leave
On September 11 four Americans including the ambassador to
Recent incident involved the attack of Italian consul Guido De Sanctis’s car by militants in the same city where no one was injured, but prompted temporary suspension of it mission and sending its foreign staff home.
The advisory is seen informed with this week’s testimony by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Congress about the September 11 attack on its mission in
Many Rebel groups which fought in the revolution still remain heavily armed and have engaged in inter-clashes over territory control raising concerns of whether the interim authorities will assert it force on such groups.