Islamist group Ansar Dine threatens France, UN in new video

The head of Islamist group Ansar Dine, Iyad Ag Ghaly, has released his first video in 22 months, reiterating threats against France and the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in Mali. In the footage given to AFP at the weekend, Ag Ghaly singles out a violent protest in Kidal in northeastern Mali in April against French forces and the 12,000-strong peacekeeping mission, known as MINUSMA, as an example of ways to confront “the crusaders’ military machine”. The 11-minute clip, delivered in Arabic and the Tuareg language Tamasheq, is Ag Ghaly’s first since one posted online on August 5, 2014.

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