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French planes pound Islamist camps in north Mali desert
Reuters ^ | Sun Feb 3, 2013 3:11pm EST | Elena Berton and Tiemoko Diallo

Posted on 02/03/2013 12:45:13 PM PST by Pan_Yan

(Reuters) - French warplanes pounded Islamist rebel camps in the far north of Mali on Sunday, military sources said, a day after French President Francois Hollande was hailed as a savior during a visit to the West African country.

Thierry Burkhard, spokesman for the French army in Paris, said the overnight raids targeted logistics bases and training camps used by the al Qaeda-linked rebels near the town of Tessalit, close to the Algerian border.

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France says the rebels are also holding hostage in these mountains seven of its citizens, seized in recent years in the Sahara region.

Malian military sources said French and Chadian troops had clashed with members of the Ansar Dine militant group in the region around Kidal on Saturday.

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France has deployed 3,500 ground troops, fighter jets and armored vehicles in the three-week-old Operation Serval (Wildcat) which has broken the Islamists' 10-month grip on the towns of northern Mali, where they violently imposed sharia law.

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: airstrikes; alqaeda; france; frenchtroops; gwot; mali

1 posted on 02/03/2013 12:45:21 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Never in my wildest DREAMS had I thought I’d be saying this to FRENCH troops but, “Go Get ‘Em, Boys!”


2 posted on 02/03/2013 12:54:56 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Pan_Yan

Strange...no journalists with the “Islamists” getting their side of the story. No stories about how French bombs have killed innocent babies. When socialists go to war....they get it right apparently..


3 posted on 02/03/2013 12:55:39 PM PST by Dallas59 (America died a little bit more on 11/6/2012)
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To: Pan_Yan

Vive la France!


4 posted on 02/03/2013 12:55:39 PM PST by stboz
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Had that exact same reaction when I saw the thread title.

How about this: "The French Military: Doing the Job Obama won't let our troops do!"

5 posted on 02/03/2013 12:57:43 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Pan_Yan

send in some AC-130s,, use a MOAB,, quit messing around.. or send the Foreign Legion in


6 posted on 02/03/2013 1:02:00 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: usconservative

Exactly.

I’m a vet, and even though women weren’t allowed into combat while I was serving, I took consolation in the fact that back in the day I could’ve kicked a French soldiers @ss if need be, LOL!


7 posted on 02/03/2013 1:02:29 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Pan_Yan

Say what we will about the French, they see a former ally in trouble and they go there and KICK SOME ASS (sorry mods, I needed to get the point across).

If only the rest of the Western World could learn from them - they are awesome, at least so far.


8 posted on 02/03/2013 1:03:28 PM PST by BobL
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To: Pan_Yan

Do the French have A-10s (or similar)?


9 posted on 02/03/2013 1:10:22 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Dallas59
No stories about how French bombs have killed innocent babies. When socialists go to war....they get it right apparently..

I wonder how the coverage would be different if Sarkozy was Prime Minister instead of Hollande.

10 posted on 02/03/2013 1:13:17 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Racist, million man marches in the streets, Muslim baby killer....


11 posted on 02/03/2013 1:30:57 PM PST by Dallas59 (America died a little bit more on 11/6/2012)
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To: Pan_Yan

I like Desert French Fries


12 posted on 02/03/2013 1:31:44 PM PST by bunkerhill7 (The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower.)
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To: Pan_Yan

Mali is a big place. 3,500 French troops in a country twice the size of Texas with a population over 15 million isn’t a lot of firepower. It’s pretty unlikely they’ll be aboe to root Al Qaeda out of there.


13 posted on 02/03/2013 2:15:36 PM PST by Gritty (The purpose of the Constitution is to insulate personal freedom from the lust for power-A.Napolitano)
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To: Gritty

“Mali is a big place. 3,500 French troops in a country twice the size of Texas with a population over 15 million isn’t a lot of firepower. It’s pretty unlikely they’ll be able to root Al Qaeda out of there.”

It also depends on other factors, such as the performance of the Malian army and the support or lack thereof of the local population.


14 posted on 02/03/2013 2:36:27 PM PST by River Hawk
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To: Paladin2

No. They do have some aircraft that are capable of ground attack, but nothing like the A-10.


15 posted on 02/03/2013 2:36:48 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: River Hawk

There is no such thing as the “Malian Army”, and the local population has been hostile to the Federal authorities for much longer than the French colonialists first foray in to the country several hundred years ago.

This raid was equivalent to Clinton ordering multimillion dollar cruise missiles to hit empty tents in the desert at least three days after the AQ guys had left the region.

The tail wags the dog, and Freepers are once again getting suckered into this hook, line and sinker.


16 posted on 02/03/2013 2:59:21 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: Paladin2
France's primary ground attack aircraft is the Dassault Mirage 2000D. Similar to the F-16D in performance capabilities, the 2000D can take part in aerial combat, but it is intended to go after ground targets.


17 posted on 02/03/2013 3:23:11 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Molon Labe!)
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To: Pan_Yan

The French are indeed a curious bunch. You NEVER know what will tip their scales.

Don’t they still maintain that gang of mercs on Crete or whatever that island fortress is?

Go figure.


18 posted on 02/03/2013 3:27:43 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: JerseyHighlander

Excellent point!

I hadn’t thought about a socialist at the helm, trying desperately to get French minds off a really sour economy and golden gooses running for Belgium and Switzerland.

Mudslimz just became a target of convenience.


19 posted on 02/03/2013 3:31:35 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: stboz

Manifique! Whenever I read that Muslims are getting killed I’m happy inside.


20 posted on 02/03/2013 4:13:45 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

You can be guaranteed that the French are not tying the hands of their soldiers with absurd rules of engagement. If there is collateral damage that’s unfortunate, but it’s the cost of war. The bad guys are the ones responsible. If you spend 15 minutes watching Youtube video of American operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is shocking the minute level of control that is placed on the pilots when engaging enemy targets. In some of the cases the enemy is given time to disperse because of the delay in firing approval. It’s no way to run a war.


21 posted on 02/03/2013 4:19:13 PM PST by littleharbour ("All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree. ~ James Madison)
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To: Dallas59

History may well be written by the winners but I think the socialists do the editing.


22 posted on 02/03/2013 5:20:30 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

As our muslim in chief has us holding their coat. Sad.

But yes, at least someone from the West is fighting the war the way it should be fought.


23 posted on 02/03/2013 5:39:08 PM PST by Stand W (Crush your enemies! See them driven before you! Hear the lamentations of their women!)
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