The command of the Islamic movement Ansar al-Din (Helpers of religion), acting in close cooperation with al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), reported that the Mujahideen had taken full control over large areas in northeastern Mali, taking prisoner scores of military puppets and members of the puppet "government", reports the Ansar forum
The Mujahideen liberated the towns of Tinezawaten, Tessalit, Aguelhok (see the map
It is to be recalled that a few days ago there was a coup in Mali which resulted in the overthrow by military puppets of a puppet "president" Ahmadou Toure and seize of his palace. Afterwards, the military spoke on state television. The puppets announced the dissolution of the state institutions of the former regime and suspension of the constitution.
"The National Committee for the Restoration of Democracy and State (CNRDR) has decided to take responsibility by putting the end to the incompetent regime of Amadou Toumani Toure", said a representative of the military puppets. The whereabouts of "president" Amadou are unknown.
It is obvious that the Mujahideen took a chance and came out of the desert. They seized the towns that had been left without control.
"Thanks to Allah, we have the region under our control", said a statement by the commander of Ansar al-Din.
"Our soldiers of Allah control the towns of Tinezawaten, Tessalit, Aguelhok, and we will soon have other victories", the statement said. "Whoever doesn't agree, must leave our territory", adds the commander of the Mujahideen. During the fighting, the soldiers of Ansar al-Din have taken prisoner at least 110 military puppets and their supporters, who were then expelled from the area.
"There are 30 prisoners among us - two Tuareg, four Arabs, the others from the south", said one of the prisoners who was presented as Corporal Hassan from the Gao 7th Company.
The Malian officials do not comment on the successes of the Mujahideen.
The command of Ansar al-Din released a video message
which called on the Malians to establish the Sharia Law throughout the country.
"It is our duty to fight for the introduction of the Sharia in Mali", said Sheikh Ag Aoussa, a spokesman for the movement.
Ag Aoussa is the right hand of Emir of Ansar al-Din, Ag Ghaly, who was shown in the 13-minute video inspecting the Mujahideen and leading them in prayer.
Ag Ghaly was one of the most prominent figures of the Tuareg rebellion in 1990s and is actively cooperating with the Mujahideen of al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) which is led by his cousin Hamada Ag Hama. Beyond the Mujahideen, the video shows captured and killed soldiers of the Malian military regime after the liberation of the town of Aguelhok. The soldiers of Ansar al-Din have seized a military base of the puppet "government" there.
"The Malian government has reinforced its military presence in our areas, and we have decided to defend ourselves", said Ag Aoussa, speaking in Tamashek, the language of the Tuaregs.
Some sources suggest that the Mujahideen of AQIM successfully operate in northern regions of Mali, as well as in Algeria and Mauritania. They wage the Jihad alongside with the fighters of Ansar al-Din. Ansar al-Din says that it intends to introduce the Sharia Law across the country. Areas that have been brought under control by Malian Mujahideen are located a vast desert strip south of the Sahara, near the Algerian border. In the liberated town of Tessalit, the Mujahideen control a large airport. In this regard, it is likely that al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb will use for the first time the aircraft in their fight against the puppets.
Department of Monitoring