I think the fact that the Tin Adema wikicable also mentions the better-known Timertrine does suggest the '180km WSW' info is in that area.
Also, the 200k IGN maps are a good 60 years old and what the French cartographers on the ground back then understood from a prune-faced old guide's pronunciation of a place may not correlate with current usage by locals who tend to chop vowels to the core (a bit like your Google Arabic translation), e.g.: 'Tmarast' = Tamanrasset.
And - what is regarded locally as 'sur la frontière avec l´Algérie' may be a broad area indeed. Not a few miles as we perceive but perhaps more a region.
Then again, other sources repeat that Tin Adema was an FIAA base or HQ that was attacked in the mid 90s (… on January 25, 1995. On the same day, government troops captured the headquarters of FIAA in the town of Tin-Adema...), and as these were Tuareg rebels you would assume that would be a village deep in the Ifoghas, east of the piste and in the vicinity of Kidal, not an obscure well (another is 'Tin Idnane', NW of Timbuktu). The maps shows many, many Tins in the Ifoghas. I have always assumed that one reason AQIM chose Timertrine as a base was that it was outside the sphere of Tuareg influence around Kidal.
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