vendredi 22 avril 2011

AQMI au Mali

Je ne sais pas si c'est le premier paragraphe qui doit m'inquieter ou le second.

AQMI serait en train de preparer une attaque en Mauritanie a partir du Mali. Des vehicules aurait transporte des combattants d'AQMI vers Nara pres de la frontiere Mauritanienne. Aucun mouvement des armees Malienne et Mauritanienne n'a ete observe.

Par ailleurs, dans un message affiche sur les murs de la ville de Tombouctou, AQMI aurait declare avoir tue 2 Mauritaniens accuses d'etre des agents Mauritaniens qui avaient infiltres ses rangs.

Al-Qaeda building new base in Mali: security sources

BAMAKO — Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is building a new base in Mali near the Mauritanian border, with a view to attacking that country, security sources said Thursday.

"We have learned that vehicles are transporting AQIM fighters into the Wagadou forest, in a zone situated in the east in the Malian district of Nara, not far from the Mauritanian border. It is a new base they are installing," one of the security sources told AFP.

"We're increasing our vigilance, because it is most probably an attack against Mauritania that is being prepared from this new base of the armed Islamists," the source added.

According to an independent source, "there is plenty of room" in the forest and members of the armed extremist group "can move about easily. But today, we haven't seen any Malian or Mauritanian troop positions in the area, prepared to tackle the armed Islamists."

In July 2010, the Mauritanian army launched several operations inside Malian territory where troops successfully hunted AQIM fighters who had several bases there, from which they operated in several countries of northwest Africa.

Mauritania, which is one of the most active countries in the regional combat against the Saharan branch of Al-Qaeda, has paid a high price for it, with several attacks on its territory in recent years, as well as kidnappings of Westerners.

Last week, in a message posted up on walls in the Malian town of Timbuktu, AQIM said that it had killed two Mauritanian nationals who had infiltrated its ranks and were accused of working for the government of Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

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