For my readers following events in Mali, this blog provides a good overview and update.

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First Published: 12 July 2012. Updated: 8 February 2013

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MNLA (National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad)

The MNLA is a very recent organisation with a very old cause: the Tuareg have been fighting an insurgency against the central power in Mali since the late 1950s and openly fighting since 1963. This incarnation was created in September 2011 with the arrival of ex-soldiers from Libya after the fall of Gaddafi. They would like a separate state from Mali for the Tuareg people, who have lived in the region for centuries. They offer no explanation for their desire to settle down despite being a nomadic race, or for their decision to select part of only one country from the half a dozen where Tuareg originate.

Leaders

Bilal ag Cherif, is primary leader as General Secretary of the MNLA. He studied in Libya.

Mohamed ag Najim, emigrated to Libya after…

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  2. Steve Kemper says:

    Useful, Diana, thank you. I visited a couple of the libraries that the zealots burned in Timbuktu, but the latest reports suggest that many of the irreplaceable manuscripts were smuggled out before the arsonists could destroy them–thank goodness!

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