Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

11/19/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Fighters sent to join ranks of Islamist allies in the Gao region in Northern Mali

The North Africa branch of al-Qaeda has sent hundreds of fighters to join the ranks of its Islamist allies in the Gao region of Northern Mali. MNLA separatists had tried to retake the region earlier.

In the regions under their control, Islamist groups have implemented sharia law and carried out brutal punishments. An unmarried couple has been reportedly stoned to death, and the hands and feet of accused thieves have been lopped off.

In the regions under their control, Islamist groups have implemented sharia law and carried out brutal punishments. An unmarried couple has been reportedly stoned to death, and the hands and feet of accused thieves have been lopped off.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/19/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Mali, al-Qaeda, Gao, west Africa, Tuareg


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Tuareg rebels had launched a failed offensive previously. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) along with its allies at first fought alongside the nomadic Tuareg people's Azawad National Liberation Movement (MNLA) to seize control of Mali's vast desert north. A military coup in the area last march had left the area vulnerable.

Radical Islamists, who intend to enforce the strict Islamic law of sharia, soon turned on their more secular Tuareg allies, who are fighting to establish an independent state.

Gao and its surroundings were at first under the control of the Tuareg MNLA, the Movement for Oneness but the Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) ousted them at the end of June.

The MNLA attacked the Islamist fighters late last week, but suffered a major defeat that saw about a dozen of their men killed. The group says in fact that only nine fighters were injured. They claimed they killed more than 20 MUJAO fighters and wounding "several dozen" more.

"We are delighted with this first success," the MNLA said in a statement. The region remains tense, waiting for the next shoe to fall and to see if the Tuareg rebels will regroup for a fresh assault.

In preparation of the a new offensive, AQIM sent about 300 reinforcements from Timbuktu, about 185 miles west of Gao, witnesses say.

"Our goal remains to retake Azawad from the hands of AQIM and its allies. We can fall back, but it's only to be able to better push forwards after," Moussa Salem, an MNLA says. Azawad is the Tuareg name for northern Mali.

MUJAO spokesman Walid Abu Sahraoui said his group would continue to pursue the MNLA across the entire region. "We are in control of the situation," he said.

The Tuaregs have lost control of all towns located in this massive desert region since their defeat at the hands of the radical Islamists in late June. The area is larger than the U.S. state of Texas and spans two-thirds of Mali's territory.

In the regions under their control, Islamist groups have implemented sharia law and carried out brutal punishments. An unmarried couple has been reportedly stoned to death, and the hands and feet of accused thieves have been lopped off.

At one time considered one of the most stable democracies in West Africa, Mali rapidly imploded after the March coup that overthrew the government of former president Amadou Toumani Toure. The ensuing power vacuum allowed the Tuareg to seize the main towns in the north with the help of their then-allies AQIM, MUJAO and Ansar Dine (Defenders of the Faith).

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2015
Universal:
That, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbours who suffer, especially the sick and the poor.
Evangelization: That Mary's intercession may help Christians in secularized cultures be ready to proclaim Jesus.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Africa

Stone tools dating back more than three million years old discovered in Kenya Watch

Image of Paleoanthropologists five years ago reported finding animal bones in Ethiopia that bore the signs of being cut 3.3 million to 3.4 million years ago.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Crude stone tools, recently discovered in Kenya, raise profound questions about prehistory. The tools date back 3.3 million years, making them the oldest such artifacts ever found by 700,000 years. However, these findings suggest that members of the genus Homo ... continue reading


Thousands of migrants flee Libyan conflict through Mediterranean Sea Watch

Image of Libyan migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

By Kaci Racelma (Catholic Online)

African migrants on the Libyan territory are plagued with several dangers; cruelty and violence against them are among the main causes that push them to search for a safe destination, like Europe. ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - To reach this continent, they must ... continue reading


Freed journalist sues Al Jazeera news agency for $100 million, alleging negligence Watch

Image of Mohamed Fahmy's lawyers, Joanna Gislason and Gary Caroline, filed the lawsuit in the British Columbia Supreme Court in Canada earlier this month.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy was held with two other Al Jazeera journalists for more than 400 days in Egypt. They were charged with belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, accused of threatening Egypt's national security, as well as airing false news. Released ... continue reading


'Today, we need peace' Mali peace talks resume as violence increases Watch

Image of

By Kaci Racelma (Catholic Online)

While preparations for signing a peace agreement, scheduled for the 15th of May in the Malian city of Bamako, continue to progress, the situation in northern Mali becomes more and more complex and confused. ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - Insecurity resurfaces and ... continue reading


Boko Haram kidnap victim speaks on horrific experience full of rape and abuse Watch

Image of Most of the kidnapped women were turned into sex slaves.

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"They turned me into a sex machine. They took turns to sleep with me. Now, I am pregnant and I cannot identify the father," told Asabe Aliyu, one of the rescued women from the extremist camp, in an interview with the Daily Times newspaper. Asabe, 23, is just one of the ... continue reading


Disabled and under-aged Ugandan women seek justice for sexual crimes committed against them Watch

Image of Uganda is in the midst of a sexual violence epidemic, and most perpetrators go unpunished, the rights group said.

By Kieran Guilbert, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Tackling an "epidemic" of sexual violence in Uganda, in which disabled women and girls are most vulnerable to abuse, and seeking justice for the victims are at the heart of a campaign launched by the rights group Equality Now on Thursday. LONDON (Thomson ... continue reading


'We have no room for gays and those others,' deputy president of Kenya says Watch

Image of Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya and has been so since colonial British rule, which ended in 1963.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"The Republic of Kenya is a republic that worships God. We have no room for gays and those others," Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto declared at a Nairobi church congregation in the national Swahili language. Ruto says that there is "no room" for ... continue reading


Special Report: UN French Soldiers Rape African Boys in Central African Republic Watch

Image of According to a recently leaked report entitled: Sexual Abuse on Children by International Armed Forces, in order to receive food, young refugee boys in Central African Republic (CAR) were forced to let the French troops, who were working as UN peacekeepers in CAR, rape and sodomize them in the capital city Bangui.

By Obianuju Ekeocha

African nations have been under severe pressure to fall in line and submit to the rainbow flag of the LGBT campaigns. Many of our African leaders have been harassed, embarrassed , threatened and even punished for refusing the virulent LGBT propaganda that is ... continue reading


Hundreds of hostages freed from Boko Haram captivity Watch

Image of An acknowledged Boko Haram stronghold, the liberated hostages from the Sambisa forest are not the 200 girls kidnapped from a school in Chibok last year.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The tide may have turned for the Nigerian military n its ongoing battle with terror group Boko Haram. Army officials say that nearly 300 women and girls have been rescued after a successful offensive. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Troops have this ... continue reading


Obianuju Ekeocha Files Special Report From Nigeria: Protecting God's Gifts of Life and Family Watch

Image of Obianuju Ekeocha is an African woman, living and working in the United Kingdom as a Specialist Biomedical Scientist. She is also the founder of Culture of Life Africa, an initiative dedicated to the promotion of a Culture of Life in Africa  through the dissemination of good information, sensitization and education. She has written several articles including the

By Ms Obianuju Ekeocha and Most Reverend Emmanuel Badejo

In response to the encroaching Culture of Death, the increasing violation of the sanctity of human life around the world, and in line with Pope Francis' call for the need to sustain and support marriage and family life, the Catholic Bishops, priests, religious ... continue reading


All Africa News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 25:13-21
13 Some days later King Agrippa and Bernice arrived ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20
1 [Of David] Bless Yahweh, my soul, from the depths ... Read More

Gospel, John 21:15-19
15 When they had eaten, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 22nd, 2015 Image

St. Rita
May 22: St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter