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Vol 54 No 4

Published 15th February 2013


Jihadists from Mali in Darfur

The arrival of the latest batch of foreign fighters complicates Khartoum’s tactical options

The Khartoum regime’s ties with Islamists in the region are under scrutiny again following the arrival in Darfur of jihadists retreating from the French military campaign in northern Mali. Figures for the new arrivals range from ‘dozens’ to, according to a national opposition leader, ‘over 1,000’ and they appear still to be arriving. French military officials in Paris told Africa Confidential that the jihadists made an organised tactical withdrawal when they knew they would be confronted with air power and ground forces.

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