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Battle of Tabarde
Part of the Northern Mali conflict
Date 3 – 5 June 2018
(3 days)
Location Tabarde, Ménaka Region, Mali
Result GATIA/MSA victory
Flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant2.svg ISIL
  • Islamic State in the Greater Sahara
Commanders and leaders
GATIA flag.svg El Hadj Ag Gamou Flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant2.svg Amat Ag Assalate
Flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant2.svg Almahmoud Ag Akawkaw (POW)
Casualties and losses
3 killed, 3 wounded 6+ killed, dozens wounded or captured

The Battle of Tabarde was fought over three days from 3 to 5 June 2018, between ISIL militants and a Tuareg coalition that consisted of the Imghad Tuareg Self-Defense Group and Allies (GATIA) and the Movement for the Salvation of Azawad (MSA).


On 3 June 2018, Tuareg GATIA/MSA fighters clashed with ISIL militants under the command of Amat Ag Assalate and Almahmoud Ag Akawkaw, in the Tabarde area of Mali's northern Ménaka Region. The two ISIL commanders were responsible for an earlier ambush on a Malian convoy in Inkadogotane in July 2017. The fighting lasted for three days, and afterwards, the Tuaregs claimed that three are their fighters were killed, while three others were wounded, and that at least six ISIL militants were also killed and many others were captured.[1] Weapons and vehicles were also reportedly captured by the Tuaregs. Almahmoud Ag Akawkaw was captured after the battle, while Amat Ag Assalate was killed during the fighting.[2][3]


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