Country Report Mali
- ID: 2138674
- November 2015
- Region: Mali
- 25 Pages
- The Economist Intelligence Unit
Iyad Ag Ghaly, the leader of the Malian Tuareg jihadi group Ansar Dine, has broadcast a statement rejecting the Algiers peace accord and calling on Malian jihadis to launch fresh attacks.
The 20-minute recording first surfaced in October and does not show Mr Ag Ghaly's face but has now been authenticated by security services as genuinely being his voice. The broadcast's stark hostility to the peace deal appears to contradict earlier rumours that Mr Ag Ghaly had wielded some behind the scenes influence over the peace talks.
Mr Ag Ghaly's decision to reject the peace deal and fiercely reassert hardline jihadi rhetoric at this stage may be an attempt to revive his influence both in regional militant circles and among the northern Tuareg. At a time when Libya has become increasingly important as a centre of jihadi activity, while in Mali itself other militant factions in the country's south and central parts have become more active, Mr Ag Ghaly may feel the need to maintain the profile of northern groups such as Ansar Dine.