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Vol 53 No 4

Published 17th February 2012


Libyan arms fuel Tuareg revolt

Mali has rapidly moved from peaceful political campaigning to bloody military confrontation and inter-communal strife

Battle-hardened fighters of the Mouvement national pour la libération de l’Azawad – equipped with heavy weapons they brought back from Libya – are confronting the Malian army in hard combat for the control of key towns. Well-led and highly experienced, the Tuareg MNLA launched its offensive in January, having returned to Mali late in 2011 from the defence of Bani Walid, the last stronghold of forces loyal to the late Libyan leader, Colonel Moammar el Gadaffi (AC Vol 52 No 18, The Gadaffi clan scatters).

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