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US troops deployed in Mali
defenceWeb ^ | Thursday, 02 May 2013 12:12 | defenceWeb

Posted on 05/02/2013 5:12:47 PM PDT by Pan_Yan

The United States has deployed a small number of troops to Mali, but insists they will only be used to provide support to the French-led operation there and will not engage in combat.

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Firman, a Pentagon spokesman, said around ten US military personnel are in Mali to provide ‘liaison support’ to French and African troops, reports the Washington Post.

“Today, there are about 10 US military personnel providing liaison support to French and AFISMA (the African-led International Support Mission to Mali) forces,” Africom spokesman Benjamin Benson said in a statement, adding that the number has fluctuated as personnel are rotated in and out of Mali.

“These [ten] are separate from the approximately 12 US military personnel assigned to the US Embassy. However, as we have stated before, no Americans are involved in combat operations,” Benson added.

Then secretary of defence Leon Panetta on January 15 said that there was “no consideration of putting any American boots on the ground at this time.”

Previously, the United States has only played a support role in the Mali conflict by providing transport aircraft and refuelling French warplanes. To date, the US has provided more than 7.8 million pounds of fuel to French aircraft and moved approximately 1 000 personnel and 1 500 tons of equipment.

The US has also deployed an unmanned aerial vehicle detachment to neighbouring Niger to monitor Mali and share intelligence with French forces. A number of unarmed Predator UAVs arrived in Niger’s capital Niamey in late February. The last of 100 US military personnel supporting the deployment arrived in Niger on February 20.

France, assisted by some 2 000 troops from Chad, began a military offensive in January to drive out Islamist fighters who had seized two-thirds of Mali a year earlier.

Hundreds of thousands of Malians have been displaced by fighting and the country's north remains vulnerable to guerrilla-style counter attacks by radical Islamists.

Mali was once viewed as an example of a working democracy in Africa but its north has been plagued by rebellions and become a centre of cross-desert trafficking of drugs, stolen goods and Western hostages.

The UN Security Council unanimously approved last Thursday the creation of a 12 600-strong peacekeeping force in Mali starting July 1. It will be supported by France, which has approximately 4 000 troops in Mali.

The UN peacekeeping force - to be known as MINUSMA - will assume authority from a UN-backed African force deployed there to take over from the French. Most of the African force, known as AFISMA, is likely to become part of the peacekeeping operation, diplomats say.

The UN peacekeeping force in Mali will be the body's third largest, behind deployments in Democratic Republic of Congo and Darfur in Sudan, and cost up to $800 million annually, UN officials say.

France plans to withdraw most of its troops from Mali by the end of the year, with just 1 000 remaining by then.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: mali

1 posted on 05/02/2013 5:12:47 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

“Advisors” ?


2 posted on 05/02/2013 5:13:49 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
The United States has deployed a small number of troops to Mali Vietnam but insists they will only be used to provide support to the French-led operation there and will not engage in combat.
3 posted on 05/02/2013 5:16:03 PM PDT by relictele
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
“Advisors” ?

Sure. We've got 100 in Nigeria training their army in anti-insurgency. We've got another 100 in Central African Republic / Uganda helping chase the Lord's Resistance Army. I've lost track of how many more are in Africa but it's quite a few.

4 posted on 05/02/2013 5:16:54 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (I believe in God. All else is dubious.)
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To: Pan_Yan
The French of course, mucked up the operation, and so it's now up to our SpecOps people to clean up the froggies' mess.

Isolated in Europe, France appeals to Gulf for help with Mali mission

5 posted on 05/02/2013 5:17:31 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Pan_Yan
Fort Riley soldiers will be first to rotate to Africa under new strategy
6 posted on 05/02/2013 5:19:30 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler
The French of course, mucked up the operation, and so it's now up to our SpecOps people to clean up the froggies' mess.

Got any good examples of successful anti-Islamist operations by western powers in the last 100 years or so? "Black Jack" Pershing is the last I can think of.

7 posted on 05/02/2013 5:19:52 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (I believe in God. All else is dubious.)
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To: Pan_Yan

US troops going in to assist and replace the French?

Sounds like Vietnam


8 posted on 05/02/2013 5:20:08 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: Pan_Yan

History repeating itself.


9 posted on 05/02/2013 5:23:01 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: relictele

Somehow, I remember 1961 & 62.


10 posted on 05/02/2013 5:24:23 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Pan_Yan

That should be a strictly FRENCH affair!


11 posted on 05/02/2013 5:24:46 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Do we now register our pressure cookers?)
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To: Pan_Yan

Liaison between the French and whom?

Sounds like they will be liaisons between the French, and the American troops they aren’t telling us about.


12 posted on 05/02/2013 5:26:10 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: relictele

The United States has deployed a small number of troops to Mali Vietnam but insists they will only be used to provide support to the French-led operation there and will not engage in combat.


I’ve said for some time that Obama would like to tie down one or two Infantry Divisions in Africa.


13 posted on 05/02/2013 5:27:40 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Pan_Yan

And the Pentagon cannot even make payroll for its civilian workers.


14 posted on 05/02/2013 5:28:00 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SeminoleCounty

We are going to need another Air America or Bird and Sons type outfit.


15 posted on 05/02/2013 5:29:33 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Deja vu all over again — Democrat Presidents and French screw-ups both times. Africa’s the LAST place on earth we want to be entangled with.


16 posted on 05/02/2013 5:29:34 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Pan_Yan

Coming in with a small cadre of “advisors” to a local dustup in order to aid the French...

Of course... what could go wrong?


17 posted on 05/02/2013 5:30:09 PM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: Pan_Yan

> US troops deployed in Mali

But... but... but Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize.


18 posted on 05/02/2013 5:30:47 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: Jyotishi

> US troops deployed in Mali

But... but... but Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize.


But they will be “Peace Keepers”.


19 posted on 05/02/2013 5:33:06 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Pan_Yan

Just one...when the British SAS helped put down a Commie-backed jihadist rebellion in Oman in the 1970s.


20 posted on 05/02/2013 5:33:47 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Pan_Yan

Congressional approval? What’s the endgame? How long?
Where is Stop the War coalition?
Apparently anti-war Leftists aren’t opposed to all wars.


21 posted on 05/02/2013 5:39:06 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: Pan_Yan

Got any good examples of successful anti-Islamist operations by western powers in the last 100 years or so? “Black Jack” Pershing is the last I can think of.


And General Pershing used Pigs to beat the Muslims.


22 posted on 05/02/2013 5:39:24 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Pan_Yan

When I first read this, my brain saw US Troops deployed at mall.

I thought, “ it’s about g-d damned time.”


23 posted on 05/02/2013 5:39:56 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: Pan_Yan
Project Black Star???
24 posted on 05/02/2013 5:45:49 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

My thoughts also, small number of troops, The French, can you say Oh Shit!


25 posted on 05/02/2013 5:48:49 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: RginTN

Yeah not so very many candlelight vigils decrying war since The One came aboard either.


26 posted on 05/02/2013 5:49:29 PM PDT by Gefreiter
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To: relictele

Our role in Vietnam was just fine, until JFK turned it into a war with 16,000 troops.


27 posted on 05/02/2013 5:58:25 PM PDT by ansel12 (Civilization, Crusade against the Mohammedan Death Cult)
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To: Pan_Yan
Got any good examples of successful anti-Islamist operations by western powers in the last 100 years or so? "Black Jack" Pershing is the last I can think of.

America is still involved in combat operations as advisers there, fighting the Muslims, that makes well more than a 100 years.

28 posted on 05/02/2013 6:02:48 PM PDT by ansel12 (Civilization, Crusade against the Mohammedan Death Cult)
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To: Pan_Yan

We’ll probably find out later that they were helping the Islamists!


29 posted on 05/02/2013 6:14:23 PM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: SeminoleCounty

HEY-HEY,
HO-HO,
Commie Obama
Has got to GO!

HEY-HEY,
HO-HO,
Commie Obama
Has got to GO!

HEY-HEY,
HO-HO,
Commie Obama
Has got to GO!


30 posted on 05/02/2013 8:31:12 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Pan_Yan

That’s great.
Sooo, what the hell is Mali?
Where is it?
Why should the U.S. give a damn?


31 posted on 05/03/2013 3:43:41 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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