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France declares war against al-Qaida
Breitbart.com/AP ^ | Jul 27 05:01 PM US/Eastern | ELAINE GANLEY

Posted on 07/27/2010 2:56:37 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg

PARIS (AP) - France has declared war on al-Qaida, and matched its fighting words with a first attack on a base camp of the terror network's North African branch, after the terror network killed a French aid worker it took hostage in April.

The declaration and attack marked a shift in strategy for France, usually discrete about its behind-the-scenes battle against terrorism.

"We are at war with al-Qaida," Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Tuesday, a day after President Nicolas Sarkozy announced the death of 78-year-old hostage Michel Germaneau.

The humanitarian worker had been abducted April 20 or 22 in Niger by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, and was later taken to Mali, officials said.

The killers will "not go unpunished," Sarkozy said in unusually strong language, given France's habit of employing quiet cooperation with its regional allies—Mauritania, Mali, Niger and Algeria—in which the al-Qaida franchise was spawned amid an Islamist insurgency.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: africa; algeria; aqim; france; francoisfillon; freedomfries; frencharmy; gwot; maghreb; mali; mauritania; michelgermaneau; nicolassarkozy; niger; northafrica; whiteflag; wot
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To: Mad Dawgg
“There is no religion that sanctions what can only be described as cold-blooded murder,”

It's not a religion.

It's the Human Islamofascist Virus (HIV)

51 posted on 07/27/2010 5:13:35 PM PDT by Blado (Oilbama's dream: ''Spill Baby, Spill.'' Legal disclaimer- all criticism of white male half only)
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To: Mad Dawgg
Vive!

especially considering history

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52 posted on 07/27/2010 5:14:29 PM PDT by grandpa jones (Obama must be exhausted, having to tote that giant brain of his around all the time.)
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To: loreldan

What was that thing that Barbara Lee voted against (only member of congress that voted “no”) after 9/11?
If congress has the power to declare war and they delegate that power to the President, when the President wants the power to make war, then aren’t they in fact declaring war?


53 posted on 07/27/2010 5:14:46 PM PDT by Gumption
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To: Gumption

No, we have not declared war on any country since WWII. Notice how incomplete each military action since then has been. Congress has given an “authorization of military action” on all conflicts since then, because it gives them a way out. If it starts getting tough they can back out without a formal surrender. If they declared war they would be all in. You either definitely win or you definitely lose. They don’t have the balls for that.

A declaration of war always involves a treaty at the end or a formal surrender at the conclusion. These military “engagements” have no definite conclusion. In Vietnam we just withdrew. Gulf War I the UN drew up a ceasefire, etc.


54 posted on 07/27/2010 5:27:05 PM PDT by loreldan (I'm shocked)
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To: Mad Dawgg

On a further note, tomorrow France plans it’s surrender declaration.


55 posted on 07/27/2010 5:32:13 PM PDT by irishtenor (Tag lines, they are not what they used to be...)
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To: jessduntno
Won’t that mean invading their suburbs?
Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!

We have a winner!

56 posted on 07/27/2010 5:38:59 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: DariusBane

Good post, Darius. Well said.

I remember reading off and on over the years praise from individual US military personnel directed at the French military.


57 posted on 07/27/2010 5:40:48 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: Mad Dawgg

Sacre bleu! Saw the light or saw the torch on the ground, picked it up and got it burning bright??? WTG, Sarky; all the balls.


58 posted on 07/27/2010 5:43:15 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Obama suffers from decision-deficit disorder." Oliver North 6/25/10)
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To: Tzimisce

true that


59 posted on 07/27/2010 5:44:36 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Obama suffers from decision-deficit disorder." Oliver North 6/25/10)
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To: mrmeyer

Did you mean: french military defeats

No standard web pages containing all your search terms were found.

Your search - french military victories - did not match any documents.


60 posted on 07/27/2010 5:55:55 PM PDT by omega4179 (PREVIEW IS MY FRIEND)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Shit, at least they “declared war”...


61 posted on 07/27/2010 5:56:10 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (Call me when the bullets start flying.)
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To: Mad Dawgg

WHO would have thunk it on September 12, 2001: Hussein surrendering to terrorists, while the Frogs start whackin’ ‘em. I don’t know whether to cry or laugh.


62 posted on 07/27/2010 5:59:54 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Mad Dawgg

Hmmm...I haven’t seen this on FoxNews today...?

If this is true, then they have at least 8 million Muslim foot soldiers surrounding Paris they’ll have to deal with. And those foot soldiers have been rioting and burning cars for years already.

War? Really? They’d better get serious at home before they worry about Al Queda elsewhere...


63 posted on 07/27/2010 6:26:56 PM PDT by patriot preacher (To be a good American Citizen and a Christian IS NOT a contradiction. (www.mygration.blogspot.com))
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To: Dacula

64 posted on 07/27/2010 6:51:45 PM PDT by NCjim ("You can't pick up a turd by the clean end", Bob Lonsberry on Obamacare)
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To: Mad Dawgg
You know the world has gone to hell when even the French declare war on Al Qaeda but the POTUS bans the use of the phrase WOT and Islamo terrorist.

Get me out of this rabbit hole.

65 posted on 07/27/2010 7:01:34 PM PDT by caper gal 1 (2010 . . . America's last chance for survival. .)
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To: Mad Dawgg; All

Wow....I thought the French always skipped the fighting part and went straight to surrender. It has been said they no longer fire canons on Bastille Day because the French Army instictively surrendered.

Anyway, talk is cheap. Let us see some serious and lasting action France.


66 posted on 07/27/2010 7:05:58 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Maybe we could get Sarko to come over here and have France, uh...lend us a hand...again.


67 posted on 07/27/2010 7:08:50 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate: Republicans freed the slaves Month.)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Viva la France. Welcome to war, compatriots.


68 posted on 07/27/2010 7:10:28 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: Mad Dawgg

Even the French have more guts than Obasturd.


69 posted on 07/27/2010 7:22:20 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The US will not die with a whimper. It will die with thundering applause from the left.)
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To: DariusBane

Yeah, I like a good “Frog” joke as much as the next guy myself, and the French can be pretty irritating.

But it gets old after a while, especially when people (like many of the other posters on this thread) display shocking ignorance of military history. People have no idea what France endured in WWI, as your post pointed out. NOTHING in the US military experience remotely resembles the horror of Verdun, for example.

Also, even the pst-war French can be pretty ruthless and violent when it suits them.

When Qadaffi invaded Chad in the 1980s, French air strikes crushed the Libyan air force, and they then provided the Chadians with Milan anti-tank missiles, which they mounted in the flatbeds of Toyota pickup trucks and used to rather amusingly completely massacre large Libyan tank formations (hence the “Toyota War”.)


70 posted on 07/27/2010 7:41:15 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Mad Dawgg

What are the American Leftists going to do?

The Europeans they so idolize are moving to the right.


71 posted on 07/27/2010 7:43:31 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: Tzimisce
How bad is it in 2010?

The French think we’re gutless pussies....

And the Mexicans know we are!

72 posted on 07/27/2010 7:51:34 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Mad Dawgg

When the USS Cole got hit, it was the FRENCH who came to our aid and kept our sailors alive. The French are not the enemy.

73 posted on 07/27/2010 7:52:00 PM PDT by killjoy (Life sucks, wear a helmet.)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Vive la France!....and good hunting!


74 posted on 07/27/2010 7:53:30 PM PDT by stboz
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To: OldNavyVet
"If only our own President had such guts ... we’d be a respected nation ... again. "

I think that that sentiment should apply more to the spineless congress, but I heartily agree!

75 posted on 07/27/2010 7:56:18 PM PDT by matthew fuller (2012: Bachman, Bolton, Brewer, Liz Cheney, Coburn, DeMint, Inhofe, Jindal, Palin and Pence.)
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To: DariusBane
The French military is not to be despised.

Ils ne passeront pas.

76 posted on 07/27/2010 8:04:32 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (No apologies.)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Alright, that makes it. It really is the end of the world.


77 posted on 07/27/2010 8:07:09 PM PDT by Moose Burger
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To: Mad Dawgg

Vive la France!


78 posted on 07/27/2010 8:13:35 PM PDT by cammie
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To: Mad Dawgg
I always say;"Any country that loves Jerry Lewis can't be all bad...."


79 posted on 07/27/2010 8:16:20 PM PDT by massmike (...So this is what happens when OJ's jury elects the president....)
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To: umgud

We are at war with al-Qaida,”

Well at least somebody has the ballz to be. Good for them!


80 posted on 07/27/2010 9:21:43 PM PDT by kelly4c
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To: umgud

We are at war with al-Qaida,”

Well at least somebody has the ballz to be. Good for them!


81 posted on 07/27/2010 9:21:46 PM PDT by kelly4c
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To: Candor7

I think we’ll see 0bama send an American Infantry Division to Africa on a “peace keeping” mission.


82 posted on 07/27/2010 9:33:50 PM PDT by unkus
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To: DariusBane

The United States never has been so traumatised.


Around 600,000 dead in the Civil War.


83 posted on 07/27/2010 9:38:27 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Mad Dawgg

We’re doomed.


84 posted on 07/27/2010 9:57:35 PM PDT by JPJones (There are no conservative Democrats. Just ones scared of re-election.)
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To: loreldan

Yep. we should have declared war on Iran on 9/11.


85 posted on 07/27/2010 9:57:56 PM PDT by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Well, I’m not ready to call freedom fries french fries yet, but....we’ll see.


86 posted on 07/27/2010 10:00:08 PM PDT by MWestMom (Tread carefully, truth lies here.)
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To: samtheman
Google French military training. Google the French Foreign Legion. If you know military training, it compares favorably to anything we produce here state side. Those are professional soldiers. Well trained. Well led. Well equipped. Scientific. They invented esprit de corp. They are a meritocracy.

You can disagree with national policy all you want. But the French military is first rate. The Germans still talk about French artillery coordination in the first WW.

Final question. Who won WWI? The Hun? NO.

So as you say, US military praise for the French is not unheard.

Oh and the Union Civil war uniform was copied from the French. The Zouave uniforms were French. The tactics of the Day were French. Union officers could speak French. I could go on and on.

87 posted on 07/27/2010 10:07:16 PM PDT by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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To: Mad Dawgg

France does not elect Muslims to run their country.

Thank morons who watch TV in America for electing the Muslim. TV supportrs him 100% and people who support TV back Obama. Morons.


88 posted on 07/27/2010 10:11:23 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: unkus

Population of 31 million... 1.9%


89 posted on 07/27/2010 10:11:44 PM PDT by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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To: DariusBane

Thanks.


90 posted on 07/27/2010 10:14:37 PM PDT by unkus
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To: unkus; DariusBane
Around 600,000 dead in the Civil War.

Hmm, about the number lost in the battle of Passchendale.

NO cheers, unfortunately.

91 posted on 07/27/2010 10:28:31 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: SunkenCiv; nctexan; MassachusettsGOP; paudio; ronnie raygun; Minette; fieldmarshaldj; untenured; ...

*** FRENCH POLITICS AND CULTURE PING LIST *** FREEPMAIL ME IF YOU WANT TO JOIN ***

Thanks for the Ping to SunkenCiv and ArmyAirCorps.

Sarko seems to be ramping up his efforts on the culture front as well as the economic front.

We wish him well in a very hostile environment


92 posted on 07/27/2010 10:32:24 PM PDT by Cincinna (TIME TO REBUILD * ? * RYAN * 2012)
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To: Mad Dawgg

The sad thing about France is that I have an old friend who is ex SF and he said Some of those French special forces guys he knew were total bad ass.


93 posted on 07/27/2010 10:34:21 PM PDT by Pylon (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Something is up....big attack coming and everyone wants to appear that they were doing something to prevent it.


94 posted on 07/27/2010 10:35:00 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (Obama is Dangerclown The Manchild)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Sarkozy is in charge now.


95 posted on 07/27/2010 10:46:15 PM PDT by BAW (Arizona.got it right.)
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To: Pylon

General Foch’s IX Army was severely mauled, leading to his legendary message to Joffre that “My centre is giving ground; my right retiring; situation excellent; I am attacking.”


96 posted on 07/27/2010 10:55:55 PM PDT by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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To: NonValueAdded

‘furia francese’ !


97 posted on 07/27/2010 11:04:16 PM PDT by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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To: Wolfstar
The one President who had the guts is vilified routinely around here.

I try to hold my fire. But there are bitter memories about the embrace of the bailout and sanctioning of illegal immigration that embitters.

98 posted on 07/27/2010 11:17:37 PM PDT by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: caper gal 1
You know the world has gone to hell when even the French declare war on Al Qaeda but the POTUS bans the use of the phrase WOT and Islamo terrorist.

You'd think Obama wants the terrorists to win. And you would be right.

99 posted on 07/27/2010 11:23:01 PM PDT by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: Mad Dawgg

...And France, as usual, has already surrendered.


100 posted on 07/27/2010 11:30:58 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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