Skip to comments.Hollande adds 400 troops to CAR deployment, RAF providing logistical support
Posted on 12/08/2013 8:29:46 PM PST by JerseyanExile
Francois Hollande, the French president, has boosted his countrys troop deployment in the Central African Republic to 1,600 to stem a rising tide of violence that has left hundreds dead
Mr Hollande said reinforcements to a UN-mandated force would reach 1,600 troops - 400 more than previously envisaged - by Saturday evening and had been told to "disarm all the militias and armed groups terrorising the population".
The Red Cross has recovered at least 300 bodies after days of bloody clashes as parts of the country have become a no-go zone after gun and machete-wielding fighters waged battles before the deployment is complete.
Rebels known as Seleka overthrew the government in March and installing Michel Djotodia from the Muslim north as president. The death toll has risen in recent days as the UN Security Council voted to authorise African and French troops to use force to keep the peace.
France warned the sectarian division underpinning the fighting could lead to genocide but the upsurge in attacks has now forced Mr Hollande to add 400 to the planned deployment of 1,200.
Mr Djotodia unified rebel groups in the Muslim north to take power but is opposed by Christian fighters loyal to his predecessor.
Mr Hollande said French troops would all be in place by Saturday night and fan out as quickly and broadly as possible to stablise the country.
French helicopters landed at the airport and fighter jets roared over the city in a set of flyovers design to display the French presence, people sang with joy as they banged on plastic buckets and waved rags into the air in celebration.
An RAF C-17 plane loaded with equipment to support with Frances intervention arrived at the airport on Friday.
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What about the militias and armed groups that are protecting the population?
In The Suck, those were the guys who did all the heavy lifting on the ground, to remove the Taliwhackers and Al Q'aeda from the bulk of Afghanistan. We supplied air support and strategic air strikes. Killed Bin Laden's son and his then-Number Three, Mohammed Atef, in an air raid.
Usually, they’re both I’d bet, depending which population. The one they terrorize, the other they defend.
What do you? Muslims at it again.