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Refugees complain of France-Mali harass
Refugees complain of France-Mali harass
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"Those white skinned individuals, and everyone of Arab and Tuareg races in big cities left the country," Huseyino also said.

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Muhammad Wuld Haddemin, a refugee who escaped from Mali's Timbuktu city, has said that Malian troops divided people into ethnic groups and disbanded Arab as well as Tuareg peoples.

Having been forced to leave Mali due to the French military operations against the rebels, Haddemin spoke to the Anadolu Agency (AA) at the Mauritanian border.

"We arrived here from Timbuktu. Malian troops take Arab and Tuareg peoples out of their homes and confiscate their property. Thank God, we were able to escape. We left our homes, belongings and animals there. There is no war in Mali. There is only a disbandment of the Arab and Tuareg peoples," Haddemin stated.

Another refugee from Timuktu, Hasen Ag Huseyino said that they left behind everything.

"French jets harassed us at the desert. French jets came down as much as our vehicles. They left us after we began running in the desert with my wife and children," Huseyino underlined.

"Those white skinned individuals, and everyone of Arab and Tuareg races in big cities left the country," Huseyino also said.

 

 



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Libya extremist group Ansar al-Sharia announces dissolution
Libya extremist group Ansar al-Sharia announces dissolution

The Libyan jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia, which is linked to Al-Qaeda and deemed a terrorist organisation by the UN and United States, announced its "dissolution" in a communique published online on Saturday. Washington accuses the group of being behind the September 11, 2012 attack on the US consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi in which ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed. Ansar al-Sharia is one of the jihadist groups that sprung up in Benghazi, Libya's second largest city, in the chaos following the death of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011. They overran the city in 2014. East Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar earlier this month launched an offensive to oust jihadist fighters from their two remaining strongholds in Benghazi. In its communique Ansar al-Sharia said it had been "weakened" by the fighting. The group lost its leader, Mohammed Azahawi, in clashes with Haftar's forces in Benghazi at the end of 2014. Most of its members then defected to the so-called Islamic State group. Ansar al-Sharia later joined the Revolutionary Shura Council of Benghazi, a local alliance of Islamist militias. At its zenith, Ansar al-Sharia was present in Benghazi and Derna in eastern Syria, with offshoots in Sirte and Sabratha, western Libya. The organisation took over barracks and other sites abandoned by the ousted Kadhafi forces and transformed them into training grounds for hundreds of jihadists seeking to head to Iraq or Syria.