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    BAMAKO An Al-Qaeda offshoot has seized a key arms depot in Mali, security sources said Sunday, deepening the crisis facing the country after rebels declared an independent Islamic state in the north.
    The underground weapons and ammunition depot in the strategic northeastern town of Gao will vastly boost the firepower of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), sources said, even as the coup-torn country's embattled transitional government struggled to assert its authority over the vast desert north.

    "It's one of the main depots of the Malian army," a security source told AFP, adding that it had been built in case of "a long and difficult war."

    A regional security source confirmed the seizure, saying the vast cache of weapons will "really boost AQIM's striking power", and adding: "It is really impressive what AQIM has found in the underground depot."

    The source said the group "is today more armed than the combined armies of Mali and Burkina Faso", Mali's neighbour to the east.

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    Sounds very promising inshaaAllah.

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    Default Re: Al-Qaeda branch seizes key Mali arms depot

    Quote Originally Posted by Abu Sayyid View Post
    It's not about 'attacking' anyone, and it doesn't appear to ever have been about that.

    Most of the north was Muslim anyway and the Tuaregs and other groups have been fighting against the corruption of the south and the imposition of un-Islamic secularist puppets for decades it seems.

    These weapons, if anything, will serve in the defense of the Islamic emirate and it behooves them to make sure to first establish the north's independence before looking to strike at the south or anyone else, In Sha Allah.

    This is yet another trick of the media to characterize the seizure as an 'al-Qaeda' acquisition of serious weaponry. They are merely setting the stage for international or ECOWAS assaults and the justification for by-passing international norms of diplomacy and peaceful conflict resolution.

    Really, what loss of life have the MNLA and Ansar e Dine caused thus far? Not a single death attributable to them or their insurrection. It has been practically bloodless. Yet they pose such a 'threat' and there is such a 'crisis'?

    Rubbish. Propaganda rubbish.

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    Mali rebels split over sharia in new state | Reuters

    French President Francois Hollande urged African leaders to appeal to the United Nations Security Council to tackle the worsening crisis in Mali."What we want is that these institutions (African Union, ECOWAS) go to the U.N. Security Council so that it finds a framework that allows stability to be restored in Mali and the wider Sahel," Hollande said after meeting Benin's president, Yayi Boni, who currently heads the African Union.
    Asked whether France, the former colonial ruler, would be ready to help restore stability in Mali through military intervention, Hollande said Paris would abide by Security Council resolutions and would be ready to help if asked to.
    He said he had consulted Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, who heads ECOWAS, on Tuesday morning and told him he wanted the regional institutions to take the issue to the Security Council "as soon as possible."
    "We don't want to interfere but we are aware of our responsibilities," Hollande said, adding that six French nationals were still being held in the Sahel by al Qaeda's north African wing.


    I think that the Mujahideen believe that a foreign attack is inevitable and they will be preparing for it. Look at this arrogant Hollande, thinking that Mali is his backyard where he can do what he wants.

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