Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mali: New Islamic state declared in the North, Muslims rejoice

So now that they have their own little slice of paradise, what to do with it.  Encourage tourism?  Develop infrastructure for R&D?  Create enterprise zones?  Support small businesses?  Build manufacturing and distribution services?

If anything, the main export of the new state of  Azawad will be death in the form of jihad to all who stand in the way of further Islamic expansion.

From France24 May 27

Mali rebel groups unite to create new Islamist state

AFP - Tuareg rebels and the Islamist rebel group Ansar Dine announced Saturday they are joining forces and creating a body to rule northern Mali as an independent Islamic state.

"The Ansar Dine movement and the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (Tuareg MNLA) proclaim their dissolution in Azawad (northern Mali)," the two groups said in an agreement sent to AFP.

"The two movements have created the transitional council of the Islamic state of Azawad," said the groups, which have been controlling the area for the past two months, in their "protocol agreement".

"We are all in favour of the independence of Azawad," they said, adding that "we all accept Islam as the religion."

The accord between the secular Tuareg and the Islamists comes after weeks of sometimes fraught discussions between two movements which have long been separated in their objectives and ideologies.

It also marks a major turning point for northern Mali which has slipped out of the government's control since a March coup.

In Gao, a major town in the north where leaders of the two movements have been holding talks, the sealing of the deal was greeted by the sound of guns being fired into the air, local residents said.

"Allah has triumphed," declared Sanda Ould Bouamama, an Ansar Dine spokesman in the northern Malian desert city of Timbuktu.

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