Ansar Dine is a paramilitary terrorist group of insurgents based in Northern Mali but operating throughout the country to impose Sharia law. Their primary operations are against the Mali military and opposing rebel groups. In 2012 they captured the caravan town of Timbuktu and imposed strict Islamic law on a previously moderate and tolerant society. In the global war on terrorism, they are associated with the Islamic groups AQLIM, National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), al Qaeda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and the Tuareg Rebels. See Threat Assessment: Mali and articles on Separatist / New Regime Nationalist / Ethnic Nationalist and Jihadist Terrorist Groups - Religious (Islamic).VideoVideo: Meeting the Mujahideen of Ansar-Dine in Mali with English translations.Video: Propaganda video of Ansar Dine showing prayers, training, and operations. Date unknown.Video: interview with leader of Ansar Dine Omar Hamaha, date and location unknown.
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