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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Qaeda, Ansar Dine convoy headed for assault on Malian town

Guys, anybody still in Mali on a contract, needs to either get ready or get out. Its going to be the next Syria.

A Malian government soldier patrols in the north. (AFP)

Sources revealed to Al Arabiya early Saturday that fighters from al-Qaeda and the armed Ansar Dine extremist group, running a convoy of 100 vehicles loaded with weapons, were heading toward Mali’s northern town of Moti.

The convoy moved Thursday morning from the Islamist-held town of Timbuktu towards Mopti, in a step seen to express al-Qaeda’s intention, along with other religious groups in the north, to expand its control over cities still under Mali’s rule.
The sources told Al Arabiya that Omar Hamaha, Ansar Dine military leader, has reached the town of Timbuktu before heading to Mopti begin assault on the Malian town.

One of the Islamist groups controlling north Mali said in its political program, which was handed to regional mediators according to AFP, that it wants autonomy for the north and the rule of sharia law,

Ansar Dine, or "Defenders of the Faith", handed the text to Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, the top mediator in the Mali crisis, on Tuesday.

It says Ansar Dine has for the moment renounced independence for the north.

But it said that "the strict observance of Islamic law on all the territory of Azawad (northern Mali) is a non-negotiable imperative".

Ansar Dine and another armed group in the north, the Azawad National Liberation Movement (MNLA) are both homegrown movements seen as more moderate than their sometime allies in the vast desert north, the jihadist groups the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

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