Azawad, larger than France, and defining itself as democratic, secular and Berber, says it fears that Islamism could be used to "Arabize" its society. Azawad’s adversary, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb [AQIM], is Al Qaeda’s richest section in northern Mali.
On April 6, a new state, Azawad, emerged in the heart of the Sahara. A movement almost unknown, called the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), which defines itself as a democratic and secular movement. It began to plan (...)