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Islamists destroy bridge near Mali-Niger border

Originally posted on Africa Sustainable Conservation News:
AP Islamists destroy bridge near Niger border in Mali By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI and BABA AHMED | Associated Press  Associated Press/Jerome Delay – Malian troops man an observation post outside Sevare, some 620 kms (400 miles) north of Mali’s capital Bamako Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. One wing of Mali’s…

Mali crisis: Ansar Dine splits creating the Islamic Movement of Azawad, which is open to negociation and seeks a pacific resolution of the conflict

Originally posted on Crisis Response Watch:
Alghabass Ag Intalla (picture) announced that he separated from Ansar Dine, creating a new movement, the Islamic Movement of Azawad (MIA). Reproaching to Ansar Dine its tight links with Al Qaeda (AQIM) and its refusal to negotiate with the Malian government, Ag Intalla decided to create his own rebel…

Al-Qaida leader’s brother condemns Mali operation.

Originally posted on Rivers of Hope:
View PhotoAssociated Press/Asharq al-Awsat, File – FILE – In this undated file photo, Mohammed al-Zawahri is seen in police custody in Cairo, Egypt. The brother of al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri has sanctioned violence …more  CAIRO (AP) — The brother of al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri on Wednesday sanctioned violence against the…

Primer on Jihadi Players in Algeria and Mali, Pt. 4: Ansar al-Din

Posted: 23rd January 2013 on jihadica.com by Andrew Lebovich Ansar al-Din was created in November 2011 by Iyad Ag Ghali, a legendary Tuareg powerbroker in northern Mali who led two rebellions against the Malian government in the 1990′s and in 2006. According to journalistic accounts as well as scholarly writing, Ag Ghali grew increasingly religious and joined the … Continue reading

Primer on Jihadi Players in Algeria and Mali, Pt. 1: AQIM

Posted: 19th January 2013 on jihadica.com by Andrew Lebovich [Editor’s Note: Jihadica is thrilled to welcome Andrew Lebovich, one of the very few people who specializes in North African jihadis. This is the first of a four part series on the jihadi chess pieces at play in the current Mali/Algerian crisis. Tomorrow’s post will be on the splinter … Continue reading

Primer on Jihadi Players in Algeria and Mali, Pt. 2: Belmokhtar & Those Who Sign with Blood

Posted: 20th January 2013 on jihadica.com by Andrew Lebovich The man allegedly behind the gas facility attack, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, had, until recently, run AQIM’s Katibat al-Moulathimin (“The Veiled Brigade”), a reference to the practice of male veiling common in parts of the Sahel. In October 2012 AQIM stated that Belmokhtar had been “suspended” from the command of the … Continue reading

Primer on Jihadi Players in Algeria and Mali, Pt. 3: Movement for Tawhid and Jihad in West Africa

Posted: 22nd January 2013 on jihadica.com by Andrew Lebovich The Movement for Tawhid and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO, in French) is an AQIM splinter group that publicly appeared in December 2011, when they claimed the kidnapping of three European aid workers in Tindouf, Algeria. Led by the Mauritanian Hamada Ould Kheiru, an explosives expert, … Continue reading

New statement from Jamā’at Anṣār al-Muslimīn Fi Bilād al-Sūdān’s Abū Yūsuf al-Anṣārī: “Claiming Credit for Targeting Nigerian Soldiers Heading to Mali”

Timbuktu Who’s Who Updated

Timbuktu Who’s Who.

Mapping Influence in Northern Mali.

Originally posted on @lissnup:
First Published: 12 July 2012. Updated: 8 February 2013 Jump to News Update Notes MNLA (National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad) MNLA Leadership The MNLA is a very recent organisation with a very old cause: the Tuareg have been fighting an insurgency against the central power in Mali since the late…