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Hollande adds 400 troops to CAR deployment, RAF providing logistical support
Telegraph ^ | 07 Dec 2013 | Damien McElroy

Posted on 12/08/2013 8:29:46 PM PST by JerseyanExile

Francois Hollande, the French president, has boosted his country’s troop deployment in the Central African Republic to 1,600 to stem a rising tide of violence that has left hundreds dead

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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 France’s intervention arrived at the airport on Friday.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: africa; car; france

1 posted on 12/08/2013 8:29:46 PM PST by JerseyanExile
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To: JerseyanExile
"disarm all the militias and armed groups terrorising the population".

What about the militias and armed groups that are protecting the population?

2 posted on 12/08/2013 8:44:26 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin
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.

3 posted on 12/08/2013 9:25:59 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: BenLurkin

Usually, they’re both I’d bet, depending which population. The one they terrorize, the other they defend.


4 posted on 12/08/2013 9:36:50 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: JerseyanExile

What do you? Muslims at it again.


5 posted on 12/09/2013 3:41:57 AM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: JerseyanExile
A-10’s anyone? Or maybe just some Super Tucano’s?
6 posted on 12/09/2013 4:36:09 AM PST by Freeport (The proper application of high explosives will remove all obstacles.)
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