21 Mar '13, 3pm

US, UN add Ansar Dine to list of terror groups

The US State Department and the United Nations added Ansar Dine, a Mali terrorist group with close ties to al Qaeda, to their lists of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Today's designations follow the addition of the group's emir, Iyad ag Ghali, to the US and UN's lists of global terrorists late last month. Ansar Dine, or Defenders of the Faith, allied with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) to take control of northern Mali in March 2012, and helped to administer sharia, or Islamic law, in areas under their control. AQIM's emir noted that Ansar Dine would be the local face for al Qaeda while the terror groups trained terrorists and plotted to attack outside of the region. The State Department said that Ansar Dine "cooperates closely with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb" and "has received support from AQIM sin...

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