France 24 reporting that Tuareg rebels have been routed from their last position
in Ansogo N.Mali by Islamists.
"This latest defeat means the Tuareg rebels no longer control any town in northern Mali, and are moving through the Islamist-controlled area in small groups, seeking survival rather than combat."
"The Tuareg rebels were driven out by the Islamists from their last bastion, Ansogo, situated 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of Gao," said a local government official in the town.
He said that while the Tuareg National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) had still controlled part of the zone, "now it's finished, they have run off into the bush".
"Now our whole region is in the hands of Islamists."
Also from France 24, a little-heard perspective
from the people caught in the middle of the conflict, shining a little light on the complexities of the situation and fluidity of loyalties.
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