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has welcomed the French intervention :

Mali: le MNLA pret à "aider" la France - BBC Afrique - Afrique Mali: MNLA ready to help France - BBC Africa - Africa

Les rebelles touareg du Mouvement national pour la libération de l'Azawad sont "prêts à aider" l'armée française à lutter contre les groupes islamistes armés du nord du Mali.

Tuareg rebels of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad are "ready to help" the French army to fight against armed Islamist groups in northern Mali.
"Nous soutenons absolument l'intervention aérienne française. Bien sûr nous sommes prêts à aider l'armée française", a déclaré un responsable du MNLA, Moussa Ag Assarid. "We absolutely support the intervention French airline. Of course we are ready to help the French army," said an official of the MNLA, Moussa Ag Assarid.
"Nous sommes ceux qui pouvons faire le travail au sol. Notre rôle pourrait être principal" a-t-il assuré, affirmant que le MNLA disposait "des hommes, des armes, et surtout de la volonté d'arriver au bout du terrorisme dans l'Azawad"."We are the ones who can do the ground work. Our main role could be "he said, saying the MNLA had" men, weapons, and especially the desire to reach the end of terrorism in the Azawad. "

Which could turn the tables completely. The MNLA originally "liberated" north Mali from the Bamako government, then was overrun by the various Islamist groups and faded from the scene. But it's an open question whether they actually have a fighting force on the ground, as many have joined Islamist militias and others have left for Mauritania.

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by eurogreen on Tue Jan 15th, 2013 at 08:16:19 AM EST
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