Anti-French demonstrations have taken placed in Northern Mali in the city of Gao. The protesters are accusing Paris of divisive tactics aimed at dominating the West African state., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
French troops in Mali warned
January 6, 2014
A Malian militant group has threatened French forces and its allies with retaliation against their interests over France’s ongoing operation in northern Mali.
The Mourabitounes Azawad group was formed last August following an alliance between Moulathamounes forces and the Movement for the Uniqueness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO).
In its statement, the group said French forces had intimidated, humiliated and slaughtered the people of Azawad.
Chaos broke out in Mali after President Amadou Toumani Toure was toppled in a military coup on March 22, 2012.
The coup leaders said they mounted the coup in response to the government’s inability to contain the Tuareg rebellion in the north of the country, which had been going on for two months.
However, in the wake of the coup d’état, the Tuareg rebels took control of the entire northern desert region, but the Ansar Dine extremists then pushed them aside and took control of the region, which is larger than France.
France launched a war in Mali on January 11, 2013 under the pretext of halting the advance of rebel fighters in the country.
– Press TV.