Aug 08

Mali rebels accuse Russian mercenary group of attack

Tuareg former rebels in northern Mali accused the army and Russian mercenary group Wagner of an attack last week on one of their bases that killed two of their men. The CMA — an alliance of Tuareg-dominated groups seeking autonomy or independence from the Malian state — said it had ‘tangible proof’ of its assertions. The AFP News Agency reports that the military government which seized power in Mali in 2020 has fallen out with former colonial power France and turned to Russia for political and military support. Wagner is openly active in Mali and at least three other African countries, typically shoring up fragile regimes in exchange for minerals and other natural wealth.