Despite being crushingly defeated by the joint efforts of a French/Malian/West African military effort last year, Northern Mali Jihadists may be slowly crawling out of their hideouts, like desert ghosts, as France prepares to launch a new mission to fight those groups.
Earlier this month, Ansar Dine’s leader, Iyad Ag Aly, resufaced in a rare, 24-minute video broadcast on Youtube. The video has since been deleted by the website due to its policy violation.
In the video, the former cigar-smoking, whiskey-imbibing rebel Tuareg leader turned-Jihadist, threatened former colonial power France and its allies should they remain in Mali and expand their reach, especially in areas formerly controlled by the combined forces of Mali’s Jihadist unholy trinity: Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the Movement for Unicity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJWA) and Ansar Dine, a group of Tuareg fighters who gave up the nomad people’s struggle for independence to embrace religious holy war.
“We will get rid of the Crusaders, led by France,” the reclusive Ag Aly boasted. Interesting comment, since an overwhelming majority of soldiers filling the ranks of the aforementioned coalition pulled from Mali and the neighbouring countries of Chad and Niger are of the Muslim faith as well.