Several communities in Mali’s northern Menaka Region have turned to al Qaeda’s men in the face of extreme pressure and violence from the Islamic State’s local wing.
Intercommunal eye for an eye killings have been increasing in the past week with dozens of Tuaregs and Fulani being killed on both sides of the Mali-Niger border. The massacres come in the backdrop of ongoing counterterrorism operations against the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara.
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Less than a week after both parties agreed to establish an independent state in northern Mali and implement sharia law, Tuareg rebels have publicly renounced the accord signed with the al Qaeda-affiliated Ansar Dine group.