1. Son of the amenokal of the Ifoghas
Alghabass ag Intalla is the son of Intalla Ag Attaher, himself descended from a long line of amenokals. These traditional chiefs of the Ifoghas tribe reign supreme in Kidal and in the Adrar des Ifoghas, northern region of Mali. When his father died in December 2014, Alghabass was expected to succeed him as amenokal of the Ifoghas. The preference finally goes to his brother, Mohamed ag Intalla, the eldest of this sibling of three, of which Alghabass is the youngest, founder of the High Council for the Unity of Azawad (HCUA).
A respected and essential figure of the Ifoghas tribe, with ramifications in Mali and Niger, Alghabass ag Intalla comes from a long line of Tuareg nobles, whose chiefdom tradition dominates most of the region.
Mali: who are the real masters of the North?
The city of Kidal, in the far northeast of the country, where Alghabass was born and where his family is historically based, still escapes state control and remains one of the main sticking points between Bamako and the former rebels. The HCUA, the armed group of which he is the head, is the most established politically and militarily in this northern city, where a dozen tribes and several armed groups live together.