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the jihadist chief Iyad Ag Ghaly recruits and seems within the Ménaka area

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In Mali, Iyad Ag Ghaly is within the Ménaka area to recruit new fighters and he seems personally. Pictures had been broadcast in a single day from Sunday to Monday, January 23 by Al-Zallaqa, the propaganda organ of the Jnim (Assist Group for Islam and Muslims) linked to AQIM and led by Iyad Ag Ghaly. We will see the jihadist chief surrounded by notable Tuaregs from the Ménaka area who pledge allegiance to him.

The final time he confirmed up, Iyad Ag Ghaly took half in a lavish banquet celebrating the discharge of lots of of jihadist fighters launched by Mali in trade for a number of hostages together with Malian political determine Soumaila Cissé and Frenchwoman Sophie Pétronin. It was in October 2020, greater than two years in the past.

This time, Iyad Ag Ghaly seems with a number of Tuareg notables swearing allegiance to him within the Ménaka area, throughout a gathering which might have been held on Saturday, January 21, barely two days in the past. The pictures have been authenticated by Heni Nsaibia, researcher at Acled (Armed battle location and occasion information), specialist within the jihadist sphere within the Sahel, who specifies that the date is credible, though tougher to verify with certainty.

Close to Inekar, for a number of weeks

In response to a number of native safety and civilian sources contacted by RFI, the assembly was held exactly within the Inekar sector, close to the border with Niger, an space very removed from Kidal or southern Algeria the place Iyad Ag Ghaly normally hides.

Above all, Iyad Ag Ghaly has been on the transfer, within the space, for a number of weeks, ” for greater than two months “, even assures a supply. A freedom of motion that will shock, even when ” Iyad is way more cell for the reason that departure of Barkhane », as indicated by an interlocutor summarizing, on this level, the considered all of the others.

On this case, rumors had reported the presence of Iyad Ag Ghaly within the Ménaka area on a number of events in current weeks. Some sources even guarantee that he would have personally led fights in opposition to the EIGS however that is the primary time that pictures and an official press launch from the Jnim attest to his presence.

Recruitment marketing campaign

This keep and this publication are thus very revealing of the safety state of affairs on this a part of north-eastern Mali which has been disputed for nearly a 12 months between the Jnim of Iyad Ag Ghaly, linked to AQMI, and the Sahelian department of the Islamic State group.

Civilians are fairly often taken as targets, notably by the EIGS which has erected, as a technique of conquest, the very fact of massacring populations, stealing cattle and burning camps and villages in its path. Since final March, practically a thousand civilians have perished on this means, in line with the rely of native communities.

On this context, the Jnim seeks to develop its ranks by broadcasting these photographs. Iyad Ag Ghaly intends to indicate his private involvement in what in the end appears like a recruitment marketing campaign.

Tuareg Daoussak

In response to the sources joined by RFI, the notables swearing allegiance to Iyad Ag Ghaly, on the photographs broadcast by the Jnim, are Tuaregs from the Daoussak fraction. In response to a few of these sources, this allegiance notably issues combatants from the Motion for the Salvation of Azawad (MSA), an area armed group that signed the 2015 peace settlement with the Malian authorities.

Some have handed by means of our ranks “, acknowledges a framework of this armed group, ” however that was a very long time in the past. There weren’t solely Daoussak with this allegiance and none of our fighters defected to hitch the Jnim “, nonetheless assures this supply inside the MSA, on the entrance line to defend civilians in opposition to the EIGS, for nearly a 12 months, and who takes a dim view of this dynamic: if the MSA and the Jnim have at present a typical enemy – the Islamic State group – and whether or not some battles might have fought them on the identical floor [comme à Talataye en septembre dernier, ndlr] this framework of the MSA needs to be categorical: no alliance is fascinating with the Jnim, ” throwing oneself into their arms is a severe mistake. »

In any case, the variety of males affected by this new allegiance is tough to estimate, however they’ll most likely not be the final.

‘No assist’

The temptation to hitch the Jnim dangers turning into larger and larger in response to the lethal assaults of the EIGS, but in addition as a result of the inhabitants of Ménaka really feel very largely deserted by the Malian state: the Malian military and its Russian auxiliaries, though current within the city of Ménaka, haven’t led any fight on this sector for the reason that starting of hostilities.

The transitional authorities has not even issued a single communiqué to mourn the deaths of the lots of of Malian civilians killed within the area.

The SOS of the populations has been recognized for a very long time “, factors out an area supply, ” and so they got no assist. Solely Al-Qaeda can supply them one thing. »

This supply, which considers and deplores that the perspective of the authorities performs into the palms of the Jnim, additionally remembers that for the reason that starting of the EIGS offensive within the space, the financial actions of the native communities, largely made up of breeders and of merchants, are at a standstill. ” Earlier than, they lived from their market, now they don’t have anything. »

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