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05.05.2012 Mali

Al-Qaeda 'dominates' north Mali: security sources

By AFP
Islamists rebels of Ansar Dine near Timbuktu, in rebel-held northern Mali.  By Romaric Ollo Hien (AFP/File)
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Islamists rebels of Ansar Dine near Timbuktu, in rebel-held northern Mali. By Romaric Ollo Hien (AFP/File)

BAMAKO (AFP) - The north African offshoot of Al-Qaeda now dominates in northern Mali, which fell into rebel hands in March, regional security sources said Saturday.

"Today it is Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb which occupies a dominant position in the three areas of northern Mali thanks to its alliance with the Islamic Ansar Dine group and the influx of Tunisian, Libyan and Moroccan fighters," a Mauritanian source told AFP.

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