Nouakchott, Mauritania - The retaking of northern Mali from Islamist groups affiliated to Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQMI) by French-led troops is one of the main stories highlighted by the media this week in Mauritania.
'Le Quotidien de Nouakchott' highlighted a speech made by Mali’s interim president, Dioncounda Traoré, at the African Union (AU) summit in which, he said, “the common enemy is the terrorist drug trafficker, who invokes God but acts as Satan”.
The newspaper recounted the defeat of the Islamists and warned against “the settlement of scores”.
'Nouakchott-Info' asked what the strategy of the Islamists would be after the French intervention in Mali.
Quoting experts, the newspaper reported that the armed Islamists, who were pushed out of their strongholds by French-led forces, were now joining forces in the far north-east of Mali, where they remained dangerous.
The weekly magazine 'Biladi' highlighted the issue about the involvement of Mauritania in the Malian crisis, noting that the country had suffered huge damage.