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Vol 56 No 10

Published 15th May 2015


MNLA on the back foot

The latest battle for territory between pro-government forces and militants threatens Mali’s fragile peace process

The main Tuareg secessionist group, the Mouvement national de libération de l'Azawad, has been losing ground – literally and politically – to pro-government forces. The government-backed Groupe autodéfense touareg imghad et alliés last week seized Ménaka from the MNLA. Despite a United Nations appeal to GATIA to withdraw from this remote town near the Nigerien border, it has not budged. Most local people warmly welcomed GATIA's expulsion of the MNLA.

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