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n. pl. Tuareg or Tua·regs
A member of a traditionally Muslim, Berber-speaking people inhabiting the western and central Sahara and western Sahel of northwest Africa.

[Arabic ṭawāriq.]


npl -reg or -regs
1. (Peoples) a member of a nomadic Berber people of the Sahara
2. (Languages) the dialect of Berber spoken by this people


(ˈtwɑ rɛg)

1. a member of a traditionally pastoral people of the Sahara and Sahel, living mainly in Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, S Algeria, and SW Libya.
2. the Berber language of the Tuaregs.
[1815–25; < dial. Arabic ṭawārig]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Tuareg - a member of a nomadic Berber people of the SaharaTuareg - a member of a nomadic Berber people of the Sahara
Sahara, Sahara Desert - the world's largest desert (3,500,000 square miles) in northern Africa
African - a native or inhabitant of Africa
2.Tuareg - the dialect of Berber spoken by the TuaregTuareg - the dialect of Berber spoken by the Tuareg
Berber - a cluster of related dialects that were once the major language of northern Africa west of Egypt; now spoken mostly in Morocco
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Representing approximately 5 percent of the Malian population, the Tuaregs are nomadic pastoralists whose area spreads all along the Sahel and into Mali.
I wanted to explain who the Tuaregs are and why their life is important -- their attachment to their home.
The increased migration of Tubus and Tuaregs from neighbouring Sahel countries following the 2011 uprising has created tensions amongst the local Arab, as well as Libyan Tuareg and Tubu, communities.
A subsequent coup in the Malian capital Bamako led to chaos, and Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist extremists overpowered the Tuaregs to seize control of Mali's northern half.
The demonstration committee member rejected suggestions that the protestors included militiamen, and said the protestors included a small group of Tuaregs asking for ID numbers but they were far from the only group participating in the blockade.
Too many of Mali's majority, on the other hand, look upon all Tuaregs with suspicion.
However it allowed the Tuaregs to regain control of their traditional fiefdom.
Reports of retaliatory violence by the national army against Tuaregs had "decreased," but it was still implicated along with the Tuaregs and Islamists, he added.
The Tuaregs formed an alliance of convenience with the Islamist militants, who drew members from countries across northern Africa and the Middle East, including footloose and heavily armed mercenaries of the late Moammar Gadhafi's regime in Libya.
The Tuaregs are nomadic pastoral people in North Africa and are from Berber descent.
The Tuaregs first launched a rebellion in the north last January seeking autonomy, but later joined the Islamists to seize control of the region following a coup that toppled the government.
Competing ethnic groups in the region, including the Songhai, Peuhl, Bella and Arabs, didn't necessarily want to be ruled by Tuaregs.