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Northern Mali Conflict

Years: 1990-2017
Battle deaths: 2,395 [1]
Non-state conflict, battle-deaths: 525 [3]
Onesided violence: 971 [2]

Nation(s) involved and/or conflict territory [note]

Published prior to 2013 | Updated: 2024-04-01 10:48:27
Since 17 January 2012, several insurgent groups have been fighting a campaign against the Malian government for independence or greater autonomy for northern Mali (an area known as Azawad). The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), an organization fighting to make Azawad an independent homeland for the Tuareg people, had taken control of the region by April. The MNLA were initially backed by the Islamist group Ansar Dine. However, after the Malian military were driven from Azawad, Ansar Dine began imposing strict Sharia law. Since then, the MNLA has been fighting against Ansar Dine and another Islamist group called the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MOJWA), a splinter group of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Source: Wikipedia, published under the GNU FDL. Retrieved [dat]


Data Sources

[1] Battle deaths: UCDP Battle-Related Deaths Dataset v. 5-2017 (link) (1989-2017) #372 #11347 #13611
Low: 2,347 High: 3,160

[2] UCDP One-sided Violence Dataset v. 1.4-2016 (link) including actors: / Government of Mali / FIAA / MPGK
Low: 971 High: 2,039

[3] UCDP Non-State Conflict Dataset UCDP Non-State Conflict Dataset v. 2.5-2017 (link) including dyads: / ARLA, FIAA, FPLA vs MPA / Fulani vs Touareg / Arab vs Kounta / AQIM, Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad, MUJAO vs CMA / Dogon vs Fulani / Ganda Iso vs CMA / CMA vs MUJAO, Signed-in-Blood Battalion / MAA vs CMA / CMA vs CM-FPR, GATIA, MAA / Ansar Dine vs CMA / CMA vs GATIA
Low: 513 High: 768

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NOTE! Nation data for this war may be inconlusive or incomplete. In most cases it reflects which nations were involved with troops in this war, but in some it may instead reflect the contested territory.



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