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Africa North
Fighting mars peace moves in Mali
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] New fighting Friday and a crackdown on women for not wearing veils by Islamist Orcs and similar vermin in the Malian city of Timbuktu marred peace moves by two of the groups controlling the desert north who said they were ready for peace talks with Bamako.

A Tuareg warlord said his National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) had launched an "offensive" to retake the key north-central region of Gao from beturbanned fascisti.

"Fighting broke out Friday morning near Ansango between fighters of MNLA and the MUJAO (the Al-Qaeda-linked Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa) as part of an offensive aimed at recapturing the Gao region," Moussa Ag Assarid, a high-ranking member of the group in charge of communication, told AFP.

A Burkina security source said the MUJAO attacked some MNLA fighters and "took a lot of prisoners and two vehicles. There were some dead."

MUJAO had seized control of Gao in June following battles that claimed 35 lives, leaving the MNLA with no city base.

The assertion of an "offensive" to take Gao came the same day as a high-ranking MNLA delegation announced along with Islamist rebel group Ansar Dine that they were prepared to go into peace talks with the government in Bamako.
Posted by:Fred

#3  Nothing mars the finish of a good peace like fighting. Worse than black heel marks on the linoleum.
Posted by: SteveS   2012-11-18 16:41  

#2  Weapons trivia: Semi-automatic Rifles held by soldats of the Grat Patriotic War are SVT-40's, cal 7.62x54. Plagued by a rather complex field stripping procedure (lots of little pieces), many were found abandoned on the Eastern Front sticking out of the snow, muzzle or bayonet first.

SVT-40 in what we used to refer to as "NRA Fine" ... $ 1400 - $2100. (no import stamp, even more). Add another $1000 for an original scoped variant. Buyer beware, this weapon is closely monitored by the ATF due to it's ease in conversion to full-auto.
Posted by: Besoeker   2012-11-18 13:01  

#1  I thought this was going to be about Martians and War of the Worlds....
Posted by: Glenmore   2012-11-18 08:45