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Mali. Mujahideen respond to new UN threats with destruction of new pagan temples

Publication time: 26 December 2012, 14:41

Mujahideen of Islamic movement Ansar al-Dine, an ally of Al-Qaeda, who control the North of Mali (Azawad), began demolishing the remaining Sufi idols in the historic city of Timbuktu.

 

"Not a single mausoleum will remain in Timbuktu", Abou Dardar, one of the commanders of the Islamic group Ansar al-Dine, told AFP news agency.

 

BBC News reports that Mujahideen are reminding that, according to Sharia, the veneration of tombs of "saints" is idolatry. Demolition of pagan temples began in the summer of this year.

 

Then local Sufis threatened Mujahideen with "the end of the world" after the "holy wooden doors" in one of Sufi mosques, which have not been opened for several centuries, were broken out by them.

 

It has been reported that when the Mujahideen broke piece of wood, the Sufis became hysterical.

 

During 2012, Ansar al-Dine destroyed 7 out of 16 mausoleums included in the UNESCO list. Last Sunday, Mujahideen demolished another 4 mausoleums reported AFP.

 

One resident told AFP that the fighters of Ansar al-Dine were destroying the Sufi idols with pickaxes.

 

Timbuktu is listed in the so-called UN "World Heritage List" as a place where sectarians for centuries built mausoleums to worship the dead.

 

"Allah doesn't like it, said Abou Dardar. - We are in the process of smashing all the hidden mausoleums in the area".

According to Al-Jazeera liquidation of the temples is part of protecting the purity of worship of Allah alone. Historians are against it saying that the idols are supposedly a "valuable part of Islam in Africa".

 

Al-Jazeera reports that representatives of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) were also present during the liquidation of pagan temples.

 

"Anything that doesn't fall under Islam is not good. Man should only worship Allah", Mohamed Alfoul, a representative of AQIM, said.

 

Many Western media noted that the destruction of the idols has coincided with the adoption of this week's UN resolution authorizing military intervention in Azawad.

 

Last week at a meeting of the Security Council, it was decided to issue an annual mandate to use "all necessary measures" to help the Malian puppets return the territories that are at under the control of the Mujahideen.

 

However members of the UN Security Council stressed that military force can be used only in case all "political efforts" are exhausted. UN has announced that plans for military intervention by African aggressors should be more refined and approved.

 

It is to be recalled that earlier, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed doubt that the international community can confront the Islamic forces in Azawad. Moreover, the Ki-moon made ​​it clear that the United Nations will not pay for an intervention in this country (according to analysts, the year of the war in Mali will cost at least $ 200 million).

 

At the same time, some media reported that the Mujahideen are continuing negotiations with regional powers. Last Friday, representatives of the Ansar al-Dine met with representatives of the group National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (aka MNLA) and entered into a truce with it, agreeing to stop fighting and start the negotiating process.

 

It is to be recalled, this summer nationalists broke a peace treaty with the Mujahideen of Ansar al-Dine and the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), killing a Mujahid and shooting demonstration of local residents, who expressed dissatisfaction with the arbitrariness secular rebels nationalists.

 

These actions forced the Mujahideen of Ansar al-Dine, MUJAO and AQIM to take decisive actions. They managed with joint efforts to drive militants nationalists out of all major cities in the north of Mali. In the following months smaller town have passed under the control of Mujahideen and the remains of MNLA forces scattered in remote areas Azawad.

 

According to the African newspaper Daily Nation, the Mujahideen of Ansar al-Dine agreed with the nationalists to "to refrain from all action likely to generate confrontations and all forms of hostility in the zones under their control and to do everything necessary to get this commitment respected ".

 

The two sides also expressed their condemnation of the UN decision to give the nod to Western intervention in northern Mali.

 

"We denounce this decision. We have always denounced the (planned) military intervention and we have said that it is not the solution", said Ansar al-Dine representative Mohamed Ag Akharib.

 

Western media reports that earlier this month Mujahideen met with the puppet "government of Mali" and allegedly promised to "reject all forms of extremism and terrorism".

 

Media reported that after the meeting of Ansar al-Dine with representatives of neighboring countries, particularly Burkina Faso, Algeria and Mauritania, two countries - Algeria and Mauritania have refused to take any part in the invasion of Mali.

 

Puppet "government" of Mali also said it would maintain a dialogue with the Mujahideen, trying to pursue a policy of division among them:

 

"We are going to wage war against the terrorists and continue to negotiate with our brothers who are ready for dialogue", declared "president" Dionkunda Traore.

 

Meanwhile, Western analysts believe that Ansar al-Dine is playing a "double game". In particular, a political scientist Stephanie Pezard notes that the cousin of Ansar al-Dine's leader Iyad Ag Ghaly is one of the people in charge of an AQIM brigade in Kidal. AP reports that Ansar al-Dine formed a new brigade to strengthen its position in cities in the north of Mali.

 

In addition, on December 13, the Western press passed information about dozens of Mujahideen of Ansar al-Dine and AQIP, who held the Shura, or Council, in Timbuktu.

 

Mahi Toure, a local journalist, said he saw more than 90 vehicles of both groups arrive on the northern side of town Thursday night. In addition, the former secular rebels nationalists of the MNLA, who repented and joined the Mujahideen, were among them.

 

An anonymous puppet security official in Bamako said the Ansar al-Dine and AQIM had been meeting this week about 70 kilometers (45 miles) northeast of Timbuktu.

 

"They were discussing the strategy they're going to adopt for negotiations between the group Ansar Dine and the Malian state", the puppet official said.

 

According to Al-Jazeera, although the UN adopted a resolution authorizing the Western intervention in Mali, according to the UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous, invasion of Azawad is not expected to begin until September or October of 2013. AFP writes that no military action in northern Mali would be ready until late 2013 - that is, in November or December.

 

Moreover, as notes political scientist Jeremy Swift, the military apostates nationalists are now in power in the Malian capital of Bamako, and their reluctance to lose power is a major obstacle to the successful intervention in the north.

 

Thus, the Mujahideen have left no more than 8 months to prepare to repel aggression. However, during this time, all could cardinally change, because the community of international infidels still has an unsolved problem in Afghanistan on their hands.

 

At the same time, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is gaining power in Yemen, which again conducts rapid advance on the puppet regime in Sana'a, which is in deep crisis.

 

But the situation in Syria is raising even more stronger concerns of the West. So it is quite possible that after 8 months the international aggressors will not be up to it to do anything about Mali.

 

Department of Monitoring

Kavkaz Center


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