Tuareg fighters mercenaries of the former army of Gaddafi attacked Mali military camps 2001121
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Defense News - Mali
|Friday, January 20, 2012, 10:11 AM|
|Tuareg fighters mercenaries of the former army of Gaddafi attacked Mali military camps.|
At least 45 rebels and two government soldiers have died this week during fighting in nothern Mali, the country's military said. The battles ended several years of fragile peace in the country's northern desert, which borders Algeria and Mauritania, and appeared to confirm the Malian government's fear that nomadic Tuareg fighters once employed by the regime of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had returned.
Nomadic Tuareg rebels are ready to flush out the Malian army in several northern towns.
"Our armed forces have bravely beaten back the attacks of the former Libyan fighters and the MNLA (National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad) rebels," the armed forces said in a statement on state media on Thursday, using the acronym of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad.