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French triple troops in Mali, prepare for massive land assault as al-Qaida rebels gain ground
AP ^ | 15 January 2013

Posted on 01/15/2013 6:43:34 PM PST by MinorityRepublican

BAMAKO, Mali — After a punishing bombing campaign failed to halt the advance of al-Qaida-linked fighters, France pledged Tuesday to triple the size of its force in Mali, sending in hundreds more troops as it prepared for a land assault to dislodge the militants occupying the northern half of the country.

The move reversed France’s earlier insistence on providing only aerial and logistical support for a military intervention led by African ground troops.

France plunged headfirst into the conflict in its former colony last week, bombarding the insurgents’ training camps, arms depots and safe houses in an effort to shatter the Islamist domination of a region many fear could become a launching pad for terrorist attacks on the West and a magnet for extremists from around the world.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: mali

1 posted on 01/15/2013 6:43:39 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

After all that protesting Europe did against the US in Iraq and Afghanistan you would think they would apply their own righteousness to themselves. Go ahead and bomb the crap out the Muslims in Mali...hypocrites.


2 posted on 01/15/2013 6:49:06 PM PST by Dallas59 (America died a little bit more on 11/6/2012)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I think the big question is are these French regular army, or Legionnaires? When Cuban mercenaries were cutting up rough in Africa, and the French deployed the Legion, the Cubans left skid marks, beating feet out of there.

However, since the French deployed regulars in Afghanistan, they have probably gotten a taste for it and want an opportunity to try out a more generous ROE, whacking al Qaeda with open orders.


3 posted on 01/15/2013 6:50:02 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Dallas59

Are you talking specifically about the French, who sent troops to Afghanistan and provided close-air support to our own troops?


4 posted on 01/15/2013 6:50:55 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Vive La France....Get Some!


6 posted on 01/15/2013 6:55:26 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: MinorityRepublican

The French will have the same success the American’s enjoyed when we first attacked the Taliban. Large numbers of Taliban were killed and their government was overthrown. But to what end? The fundamentalists continue to wage ceaseless war. If the West is serious about stopping the worldwide fundamentalist wave, then it must address the Saudi problem. The Wahhabi fundamentalists who finance and motivate this behavior have a refuge in Saudi Arabia. They don’t attack those decadent royal lowlifes as long as they get money from the oil and are allowed to freely operate.


7 posted on 01/15/2013 6:56:25 PM PST by allendale
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To: 1rudeboy

Talking about the leftist million man marches and protests against the US in Europe when we bombed the crap out of “innocent Muslims” in Iraq. No protests when European Socialists bomb the crap out of Muslims in another country.


8 posted on 01/15/2013 6:59:29 PM PST by Dallas59 (America died a little bit more on 11/6/2012)
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To: dfwgator

I wonder if Al Queda and the Taliban have an office in France?


9 posted on 01/15/2013 7:02:40 PM PST by Conserev1
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To: MinorityRepublican

Careful, Frenchies...you are in danger of shedding your reputation as cheese-seating surrender monkeys.


10 posted on 01/15/2013 7:05:56 PM PST by montag813
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
Here's a current estimate of french forces in Mali.

As of January 13th, it is estimated that 400 French soldiers are on the ground in Mali.

* 21st Marine Infantry Regiment – one company

* 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment – one Armored platoon

* 2nd Marine Infantry Regiment – one company

* 4th Special Forces Helicopter Regiment (French equivalent of the 160th SOAR)

* Miscellaneous ground Special Operations units

* Two companies from the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (part of the French Foreign Legion) are being readied for deployment

http://sofrep.com/16061/battle-for-mali-operation-serval/

11 posted on 01/15/2013 7:06:05 PM PST by JerseyanExile
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To: MinorityRepublican

Careful, Frenchies...you are in danger of shedding your reputation as cheese-eating surrender monkeys.


12 posted on 01/15/2013 7:06:07 PM PST by montag813
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To: Dallas59

The protests in Europe were about the US going into Iraq, and they were right.


13 posted on 01/15/2013 7:06:12 PM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Those who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Dallas59
Well, I guessed you missed the anti-war protests here. /s
14 posted on 01/15/2013 7:08:04 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Most of them are French regulars, but I read somewhere there was a battalion of light armor Foreign Legion. Other Europeans are providing air transport and intelligence.


15 posted on 01/15/2013 7:09:42 PM PST by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: 1rudeboy

No protests from them either.


16 posted on 01/15/2013 7:12:57 PM PST by Dallas59 (America died a little bit more on 11/6/2012)
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To: Admin Moderator

Seriously.


17 posted on 01/15/2013 7:13:19 PM PST by skeeter
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To: dfwgator

ditto!


18 posted on 01/15/2013 7:22:48 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Dallas59

Some of the French troops killed in Afghanistan were killed defending an American base.


19 posted on 01/15/2013 7:23:38 PM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: MinorityRepublican

From the article: “Although at least 13 countries have offered support to the Mali mission, only France so far has boots on the ground. On Tuesday, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta reiterated the Obama administration’s position, saying no American troops will be sent. The U.S. is helping with communications and intelligence-gathering, and may allow American aircraft to help with transport.”

Could the intelligence gathered by the Obama administration somehow be leaked to the al Qaeda terrorists? Oh what am I thinking — NEVER!


20 posted on 01/15/2013 7:24:18 PM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

A thousand troops = massive land assault?


21 posted on 01/15/2013 7:31:08 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: allendale

The Saudis indoctrinate with radical Islam and fervor, then have to export it to keep it from literally burning down the house.


22 posted on 01/15/2013 8:03:08 PM PST by tbw2
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To: MinorityRepublican

Al Quida is in trouble. Maybe code pink can rush to their aid.


23 posted on 01/15/2013 8:05:43 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: Dallas59

Where is Code Pink, Michael “milkshake” Moore? Gwen Ifill? The freaky hippy Commie Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!? Van Jones?

Media and Hollywood silent.

No Bush to blame.


24 posted on 01/15/2013 9:48:35 PM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: Dallas59
well, to be fair, the French protested about Iraq War II, not Afghanistan. Afghanistan was pretty universally supported except by Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Gulf War II was a different case.

25 posted on 01/16/2013 12:36:58 AM PST by Cronos (Middle English prest, priest, Old English pruost, Late Latin presbyter, Latin presbuteros)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Muslims are fatalists. They react to everything as “Allah wills”. Obama has been giving them every reason to believe that this is their time.

They won’t stop until they have a real punishment and massive losses.


26 posted on 01/16/2013 5:16:30 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: allendale

Spot on. SA must end the funding, now.


27 posted on 01/16/2013 5:31:18 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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