February 6th, 2012
05:55 AM ET

President: Tuareg fighters from Libya stoke violence in Mali

Tuareg tribesman who reportedly fought for Moammar Gadhafi in Libya have returned to Mali with weapons, stoking violence and forcing thousands to flee, Mali's president said.

The development, announced by President Amadou Toumani Toure in a speech broadcast on state TV over the weekend, is perhaps the most-significant regional fallout to date from the end of former Libyan leader's regime.

The fighters returning from Libya have blended into the National Movement for Liberation of the Azawad (MNLA) and renamed northern Mali as the Azawad, the name of the region home to a majority of the Mali Tuareg.

During the address, Toure blamed freshly-armed fighters returning from Libya for attacks on military patrols outside the northeastern town of Aguelhoc, which has become a flashpoint in the struggle between the military and the rebels.

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  1. banasy©

    Same type of thing, different day, different location.
    Posted for the 2nd time.

    February 6, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • ms

      I was thinking the same thing banasy. My posts keep being either deleted or don't make it on here at all. Im not being offensive so i don't get it.

      February 6, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. pmk1953

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    February 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

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    February 6, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |