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Confirmed: al Qaeda actively fighting in Mali.

Al Qaeda militants are controlling Mali Islamist radical Iyad Ag Ghaly. Photo Credit AP

The leader of al Qaeda’s North African wing Abu Musab Abdul Wadud, has put his group’s fighters in Mali’s north at the disposal of Ansar Dine rebels seeking to impose Islamic law across the West African state. This is the first confirmation news officially linking to two groups.

Fighters should impose sharia and collaborate with separatist rebels also operating in Mali’s north, the head of al Qaeda in Mali AQIM said in a speech posted on the internet and translated by the SITE jihadist monitoring service.

The comments by Abu Musab Abdul Wadud, also known as Abdelmalek Droukdel, firm up reports of cooperation between al Qaeda and Iyad Ag Ghali’s Ansar Dine rebels, working together to create an independent desert state called Azawad, together with the Tuaregs.

The ties will also add to concerns over…READ MORE HERE