Skip to comments.Mali Rebels, Now Aiding French, Say They’re Holding Militants
Posted on 02/04/2013 8:25:49 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
PARIS French warplanes bombed Islamist militant bases and depots deep into northern Mali to disrupt their supply routes, French officials said on Monday, as secular Tuareg rebels in northern Mali said they had captured two Islamist commanders near the Algerian border.
The Tuaregs favor independence and had joined forces with better-armed Islamist fighters last year to take over much of Malis north. But the Tuaregs were soon edged out by their Islamist counterparts, who controlled the regions major towns and imposed a harsh version of Islamic law, cutting off hands, stoning a couple to death and beating people in the streets.
Now, with the rapid advance of the French military campaign to recapture northern Mali, the Tuaregs have vowed to help French forces fight the Islamist militants.
The main Tuareg rebel group, the M.N.L.A., announced that it had captured Mohamed Moussa Ag Mohamed, an Islamist leader who helped impose Shariah law in the city of Timbuktu. It also said it had seized Oumeini Ould Baba Akhmed,.. described as a leader of the Islamist group Mujao, the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, which is a splinter from Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and responsible for kidnapping at least one French hostage.
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Moozies having a bad case of over reach. Appears a familiar pattern with thugs, and goons.
Tuaregs seem to be following the gameplan used by native americans in the 1700s -- when the English were ascendant, the indians supported the French. When the colonists were ascendant, the indians supported the British.
Over 40 attackers, some dressed in military uniforms, stormed a detention center in Benghazi near the Ansar al Sharia headquarters and freed a number of inmates; an office was torched as well. The chief of the National Numbers Department, which issues identity cards, was kidnapped from his office in Tripoli.
Seems like these parts of Africa are having a bit of a problem. :)
Surely the French will have the right mix to bring them all into a harmonious better life.
Why do they insist on “holding” muzzies? The only good muzzie is a ....
Exactly. Prisoners only give you more trouble down the line.
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