A new group that has split from Ansar Dine and which calls itself the Islamic Movement for the Azawad, is led by Alghabass Ag Intalla, a prominent leader of the Tuareg ethnic group. The split within Ansar Dine came after French airstrikes halted the southward advance of rebel groups trying to push toward the capital, Bamako. The latest group to be formed is at least the sixth to join the fray in northern Mali, where groups liked to Al Qaeda have overrun the secular Tuareg nationalists who initially started the latest rebellion early last year. The groups include the Algerian-dominated AQIM; the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, based in Gao, which is believed to be led by a Mauritanian; and the Malian-led Ansar Dine. The group says it dissociates from Ansar Dine and wants to negotiate for a peaceful settlement of the crisis in Mali. In a public statement, they also try to induce France and Mali to stop the hostilities in the regions of Kidal…
Islamic Movement of Azawad (IMA)
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