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Islamists drive out MNLA rebels from key northern areas

Tuareg rebels in Mali may have managed to force the collapse of one of West Africa's most stable democracies, but they're not all-conquering in northern Mali. Islamist group Ansar Dine have chased out members of the Liberation Army of Azawad (MNLA) from Timbuktu and seized control of large parts of northern Mali. The MNLA want independence for their home region, but Ansar Dine want to impose strict Islamic laws, and at the moment the latter seem to be the dominant force.

By Kate WILLIAMS , Julien FANCIULLI

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