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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.]
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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
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(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]
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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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Because of the Tuaregs' vehement opposition to Salafism and the desire to win popular support, Abdelmalek Droukdal, the emir of AQIM, told his followers to gradually impose Sharia on the people of northern Mali and create the first Islamic state in the region.
UN rights chief Navi Pillay warned against reprisal attacks by the Malian army and black majority on light-skinned Tuaregs and Arabs accused of supporting the Islamist rebels.
It swept in to seize control of an area that was first taken from the government by the Tuaregs, a historically nomadic group from the Sahel region of North Africa.
The Tuaregs, a traditionally nomadic people spread across the Sahara Desert, have risen up against the central government in Mali several times since the country's independence from France in 1960.
He said members of Islamic State Greater Sahara likely carried out the attack in retaliation for military actions backed by Tuaregs in the region.
Tuaregs posing for a portrait in a camp near Timbuktu.
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.
In what follows, I examine the presence of Egyptian mythology in the Tuaregs' myths, as it appears in the fictional work of al-Koni and in his essays.
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.
Regrettably the divisions run rather deeper and are exacerbated by the Tuaregs' long-held feelings of being marginalized and ignored by the Government in Bamako, with further friction arising over perceived unfairness in the distribution of their pastoral rights - ever a sensitive issue in a country which is mostly desert.