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  • France had Rafale jets armed with Scalp missiles ready for strike on Syria

    10/03/2013 10:32:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Oct 03 2013
    France had Rafale jets armed with Scalp missiles ready for strike on Syria By Richard Clements According to to French weekly le Nouvel Observateur (LNO) France came within hours of striking Syrian Chemical weapons sites after thinking that the U.S had planned a huge attack on Sept. 1, 2013. The report states that French President Francois Hollande had convened a meeting early in the morning of August 31; the plan on how France was going to attack the chemical weapons sites was formed during this meeting. According to LNO the French planned to fly Rafale jets supported by French tankers...
  • US flatters ‘oldest ally’ France after shock UK vote on Syria

    08/31/2013 8:06:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    AFP via France 24 ^ | 31/08/2013 | Sam Ball
    US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday welcomed French support for possible military action against the Syrian regime, describing the country as America’s “oldest ally”. After the US’ traditional ally Great Britain ruled itself out of any military strikes against the Assad regime in a parliamentary vote Thursday, Washington has looked in danger of becoming internationally isolated in its efforts to push for a military intervention. However, French President François Hollande reaffirmed his country’s support for military action on Friday, telling French daily Le Monde that he supported taking “firm” punitive action in response to the Assad regime’s alleged...
  • Fifth French soldier killed in Mali fighting

    03/17/2013 12:07:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Times of India ^ | Sunday, March 17, 2013 | Reuters
    A fifth French soldier was killed in the nine-week-old military campaign against Islamist rebels in Mali, the French government said on Sunday. The corporal from the 1st Marine infantry regiment of Angouleme was killed in action, President Francois Hollande's office said in a statement, without giving details. Dozens of Islamist fighters linked to al-Qaida have been killed as French and African forces have fought to drive them out of the northern region of Mali they have controlled since last April. France launched a ground and air operation in January to break the Islamist rebels' hold on the region, saying militants...
  • French planes pound Islamist camps in north Mali desert

    02/03/2013 12:45:13 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Feb 3, 2013 3:11pm EST | Elena Berton and Tiemoko Diallo
    (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. ... 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...
  • Viral: Eerie photo of French soldier in Mali upsets military officials (Getty Photo, view at link)

    01/27/2013 1:06:18 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 54 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/27/13 | Isolde Raftery
    The image was taken innocently enough: A landing helicopter kicked up a dust storm as French soldiers moved toward Niono, in northern Mali, an area held by al-Qaida-linked militant groups. The soldiers pulled on their goggles to protect their eyes from the dust. One soldier pulled up a black bandana -- with a white skeleton face printed on it -- over his nose. Behind him, light beamed through tree branches, creating an otherworldly image -- the soldier looked like a skeleton in French military fatigues. Photographer Issouf Sanogo of the Agence France-Presse news agency and Yann Foreix of Le Parisien...
  • French troops face complicated military landscape in Mali

    01/24/2013 5:36:49 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 24, 2013 | Sudarsan Raghavan and Edward Cody
    DIABALY, Mali — When France entered the world’s newest war against terrorism, French officials boldly declared that the ragtag radical Islamists they planned to oust from northern Mali would scatter in the face of a modern fighting force. But two weeks later, reality has sunk in. Even as they bombard Islamist targets, the French troops are facing a military landscape that is far more complicated than it appeared at the outset, raising questions about France’s long-term goals. With no clear exit strategy, the French are encountering a host of problems: Mali’s interim government is weak, its military is disorganized, and...
  • Call of Duty Ghost skull-mask worn in Mali by French soldier causes uproar

    01/23/2013 12:01:17 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 49 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | January 23, 2013 | David Boroff
    Photographs of a French soldier apparently mimicking a character from the popular and violent video game Call of Duty are causing a stir around the world. In the photos, the unidentified soldier can be seen wearing a skeleton mask and a bandana, making him look eerily similar to the popular character Ghost from Call of Duty.
  • Mali Islamists counter attack, promise France long war

    01/14/2013 6:41:56 AM PST · by DeadFurrow · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:06am EST | Bate Felix and Alexandria Sage
    Al Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels launched a counter-offensive on Monday in central Mali after four days of air strikes by French warplanes on their strongholds in the desert north, promising to drag France into a long and brutal Afghanistan-style ground war.
  • French Commando killed in raid to free hostage in Somalia

    01/12/2013 10:46:59 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 12, 2013 | Abdi Guled
    A French commando raid in Somalia to free a captive intelligence agent ended in the deaths of 17 Islamists and a French soldier. France said the hostage also died in the failed rescue, but the man's captors denied he had been killed and claimed Saturday to have seized a second soldier. Confusion surrounded early reports of the botched rescue of the French agent, known by his code-name Denis Allex. He was captured in the east African country on July 14, 2009, and last seen in a video released in October pleading for the French president to help him. But it...
  • French troops enter centre of Abidjan

    04/11/2011 6:21:15 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 34 replies
    BBC ^ | April11th 2011 | Staff
    French ground troops have entered the centre of the main Ivory Coast city of Abidjan for the fist time as incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo refuses to quit. Helicopter gunships are firing in the area around Mr Gbagbo's residence. On Sunday, UN and French helicopter gunships began a new operation they said was aimed at destroying heavy weapons near Mr Gbagbo's residence. Mr Gbagbo has been refusing to cede power to internationally-recognised President Alassane Ouattara. Loud explosions can be heard echoing around the lagoons which surround the centre of the city, says the BBC's Mark Doyle in Abidjan. On Monday morning,...
  • Another French front in Africa

    04/05/2011 10:20:18 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    Presseurop ^ | 4/5/2011
    "France goes to war," announces the front page of Libération, in the wake of intervention by the 1,500-strong French Licorne (Unicorn) force in Ivory Coast. In response "to a request from the UN," on 4 April, helicopters from the French air force and and the UNOCI mission in the country bombarded several positions manned by forces loyal to outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo, who has refused to hand over power to his rival, Alassane Ouattara, the internationally acknowledged winner of the 2010 election in the country. "This intervention jointly conducted by the UN and the former colonial [Ivory Coast became independent...
  • Sarkozy says no more French troops

    10/16/2009 7:02:34 AM PDT · by xzins · 107 replies · 2,942+ views
    UPI.com ^ | 16 Oct 09
    UPI) -- President Nicolas Sarkozy of France says he wants to see victory in Afghanistan but has no plans to send more French troops to that country. Speaking to the Le Figaro newspaper, the French leader said he believes there should be a build-up of more Afghan troops, CNN reported. As for staying on in Afghanistan, Sarkozy told the newspaper: "I answer yes -- and stay to win. "But France will not send one more soldier," he added. "My belief is that more Afghan soldiers are needed. It is them who will be the most efficient to win this war...
  • French troops were killed after Italy hushed up ‘bribes’ to Taleban

    10/14/2009 6:25:18 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 47 replies · 2,523+ views
    timesonline.co.uk ^ | Oct. 15, 2009 | Tom Coghlan
    When ten French soldiers were killed last year in an ambush by Afghan insurgents in what had seemed a relatively peaceful area, the French public were horrified. Their revulsion increased with the news that many of the dead soldiers had been mutilated — and with the publication of photographs showing the militants triumphantly sporting their victims’ flak jackets and weapons. The French had been in charge of the Sarobi area, east of Kabul, for only a month, taking over from the Italians; it was one of the biggest single losses of life by Nato forces in Afghanistan. What the grieving...
  • French marines on trawlers repel pirates in Indian Ocean

    10/10/2009 5:12:00 PM PDT · by csvset · 16 replies · 1,444+ views
    France24 ^ | October 10, 2009 | Herve Bar
    French marines aboard trawlers in the Indian Ocean Saturday fired on pirates to repel a dawn attack, as two vessels used in the attack were subsequently captured by Seychelles coastguards, sources said. "Three small launches... (which were) nearly invisible and that we had on the radar at the last moment, chased us," a member of the crew of the Drennac, one of two fishing vessels approached by the pirates, told AFP by telephone. The French military said the marines had first fired flares then "warning shots in the air and across the bows of the pirates' boats", before finally, when...
  • Top French general: Iran intervention not viable

    09/10/2009 4:54:46 PM PDT · by Flavius · 73 replies · 4,237+ views
    ap ^ | 9/10/09 | ap
    The head of the French military says military intervention is not a viable option to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear capability.
  • France plotted to save allies in Saddam Hussein's regime

    09/07/2009 2:26:50 PM PDT · by Shermy · 9 replies · 835+ views
    Telegraph ^ | September 7, 2009
    Just as President Jacques Chirac was vehemently arguing against invading Iraq in late 2002, General Philippe Rondot wrote that he had been given the green light to "recover" top officials including Tariq Aziz, Saddam's foreign minister. Previously unseen extracts of Gen Rondot's private diaries were reprinted in the newspaper Libération. In a passage dated Dec 3, 2002, the general refers to an "agreement in principle to 'recover' if necessary Mr Aziz and Al-Rafai" – said to be a senior Ba'ath Party politician. The two men were believed to have been considered useful to the French while Gen Rondot knew Aziz...
  • French Aircraft Carrier Sails Without Nukes

    08/05/2009 6:14:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies · 1,805+ views
    fas.org ^ | August 4th, 2009 | Hans M. Kristensen
    French Aircraft Carrier Sails Without Nukes The French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle with air wing on deck. By Hans M. Kristensen France no longer deploys nuclear weapons on its aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle under normal circumstances but stores the weapons on land, according to French officials. President Nicolas Sarkozy declared in March 2008 that France “could and should be more transparent with respect to its nuclear arsenal than anyone ever has been.” But while the other nuclear powers declared long ago that their naval weapons were offloaded or scrapped after the Cold War ended, a similar announcement...
  • Suburbs in flames after military exercise (French artillery torches Marseille)

    07/22/2009 11:46:50 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 13 replies · 778+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 7-23-09 | AFP hacks
    Bombing exercise 'caused fires' Dozens of homes destroyed Authorities angry at military MILITARY bombing practice has caused one of France's worst fires for three years which continues to rage on the eastern outskirts of Marseille. The fire has burnt dozens of homes but claimed no victims. The wildfire was caused by military practice shelling which hit the eastern Trois-Ponts suburb of the southern city forcing the evacuation of scores of residents. "There are a few dozen houses burnt in the Trois-Ponts district but there are no victims," fire brigade spokesman Samuel Champon said. "There are more homes threatened than vehicles...
  • 'Imbeciles': Hundreds evacuated as bushfire caused by French military threatens Marseille

    07/23/2009 4:17:29 AM PDT · by vimto · 13 replies · 502+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 07/23/09 | Peter Allen
    The French Army were branded ‘imbeciles’ today after an artillery exercise caused a massive fire which destroyed dozens of houses and left hundreds homeless. Rather than improving the marksmanship of the Foreign Legion, the shelling led to mass evacuations in a suburb of Marseilles.
  • Berlin airlift anniversary marked (video at source)

    05/13/2009 6:16:05 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 568+ views
    (Planes flew a distance equivalent to flying to the moon and back 63 times) Ceremonies have been taking place in Berlin to mark the 60th anniversary of the ending of the blockade of West Berlin by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. In 1948, Stalin cut off all land links into West Berlin in an attempt to force out British, French and US troops. Instead, the Western nations launched the biggest airlift in history to keep 2.25 million residents from starving. For the next 11 months, planes landed every two minutes, bringing in total more than 2.5m tonnes of supplies. Seventy-eight aircrew...
  • Somali pirate suspects captured

    05/03/2009 10:17:20 AM PDT · by Jonny foreigner · 25 replies · 2,679+ views
    Fourteen suspected Somali pirates have been captured in separate operations by a French frigate and the Seychelles coast guard. French commandos on the frigate Nivose caught 11 suspects some 900 kms (560 miles) off the Somali coast, the French Defence Ministry says. The Nivose is reported to have alerted the Seychelles authorities to help them capture the other three. Somali pirates are currently holding nearly 20 ships for ransom. On Saturday a Greek-owned ship with a Ukrainian crew was hijacked by Somali pirates south-west of the Seychelles, a seafarers' group says. On the same day a Portuguese warship thwarted an...
  • French seize ‘mother ship’

    04/17/2009 12:08:52 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 39 replies · 3,705+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 17, 2009 | Stars and Stripes
    French naval forces have detained 11 suspected pirates after raiding a pirate "mother ship" in the Indian Ocean, French military officials said Wednesday. The French forces had been responding to a distress call from a Liberian cargo ship that was being attacked by pirates using rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire. A French military helicopter reached the scene, then reportedly followed the two small pirate skiffs back to a 30-foot boat apparently being used as a base for the pirates. French forces from the Nivose — part of a European Union anti-piracy task force — then raided the larger boat, seizing...
  • French warship captures pirates

    04/15/2009 7:42:15 AM PDT · by Jonny foreigner · 70 replies · 2,582+ views
    A French warship has captured 11 pirates off the coast of Kenya, amid calls for the international community to deal with the problem of piracy. The pirates were captured by a warship from an EU piracy patrol, hours after a failed attack on a US ship. News of the incidents came as the UN special envoy for Somalia said the attacks threatened international peace. He urged financial backers of the "bandits", as he called them, to be identified and held accountable. The latest attack involved pirates firing rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons at a US-flagged cargo ship, the Liberty Sun,...
  • French Warship Captures 11 Pirates

    04/15/2009 12:09:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 1,095+ views
    News.com.au ^ | April 16, 2009
    A FRENCH warship patrolling waters off East Africa as part of an EU anti-piracy force has intercepted a pirate "mother ship" and arrested 11 gunmen, the French defence ministry said. The frigate chased the pirates 500 nautical miles (926km) east of the Kenyan coast after tracking them overnight from the scene of a failed attack on a Liberian-registered vessel, a spokesman said. "The pirates were sailing a 10m mother ship carrying 17 drums holding 200 litres of fuel each and two assault skiffs," he said, adding that after the overnight interception the captives were being held on board the French...
  • Rescued French yacht captain Florent Lemacon may have died in friendly fire PIRACY UPDATE

    04/12/2009 12:00:21 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 20 replies · 1,503+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 11 Apr 2009 | Colin Freeman and Mike Pflanz
    In admission that will cast fresh doubts over the controversial decision to free Florent Lemacon and four other hostages by force, defence minister Herve Morin said he could not rule out the possibility that he had been hit by a French commando's bullet. "There will be a judicial inquiry and therefore an autopsy," he told French radio. "One cannot exclude that during the exchange of fire between the pirates and commandos the shot was French," Mr Morin spoke out as the piracy crisis on the Indian Ocean escalated yet further, with yet more vessels attacked and no sign of an...
  • Hostage killed as French storm yacht held by Somali pirates (French show us how to do it)

    04/10/2009 1:50:25 PM PDT · by balls · 75 replies · 2,407+ views
    Guardian ^ | Friday 10 April 2009 | Xan Rice
    A French military operation to free a yacht hijacked by Somali pirates backfired today when one of the hostages was killed, highlighting the perils facing US forces trying to free an American seaman being held captive in a parallel pirate standoff. Four French hostages, including a three-year-old child, were rescued on board the Tanit, which was hijacked en route to Zanzibar last weekend. Two pirates also died in the raid, according to president Nicolas Sarkozy's office. Despite the death of one of the hostages, the French government stood by the commando-style tactics – which they have used before – and...
  • French soldier kills four in Chad shooting spree

    04/07/2009 9:17:35 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 7 replies · 861+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | April 8, 2009 | anon
    NDJAMENA (AFP) - European peacekeepers were hunting for a "deranged" French Foreign Legion officer who fled after going on a shooting spree in Chad, killing two comrades, a Togolese UN soldier and a farmer. The shootings began Tuesday at Camp des Etoiles, the main base of the European peacekeepers near the airport in the eastern town of Abeche near the Sudan border, a French military official said. "Gunshots were heard in the (military) camp and then the two legionnaires were found and then a little further away the body of the Togolese soldier was discovered," said Captain Christophe Prazuck. The...
  • France foils two Somali pirate attacks, holds 19

    French warship Sunday foiled attempts by Somalian pirates in the Gulf of Aden to seize two cargo vessels and intercepted 19 people, the French president's office said. "Three days after a French vessel thwarted an attack on a Panamanian cargo ship" the frigate Jean de Vienne conducted a "decisive action" against "two new attacks" it said in a statement. "The 19 Somali pirates who tried to seize the two boats were intercepted," it added, saying they carried weapons, ammunition and material for boarding ships. ...
  • Surrender Monkeys --Not (Gen. James L. Jones about the French ... in 2003)

    12/01/2008 11:46:42 PM PST · by darkness78 · 14 replies · 876+ views
    DICKEY: Some Americans call the French “surrender monkeys.” JONES: France has probably the most expeditionary army [i.e., ready to deploy to distant battlefields] in Europe. And writ large. They have impressive military capabilities across the whole spectrum of operations. They’re good at peacekeeping; their Air Force is modern, state of the art; their Navy is modern; their land Army I know about because I served with them in northern Iraq 11 years ago, and I know their generals–this is a very, very fine army.
  • A French Soldier's Salute "To Our American Brothers In Arms"

    11/21/2008 6:55:43 PM PST · by BfloGuy · 14 replies · 1,296+ views
    omlt3-kdk3.over-blog.com ^ | 9/18/2008 | Unknown
    “We have shared our daily life with two US units for quite a while - they are the first and fourth companies of a prestigious infantry battalion whose name I will withhold for the sake of military secrecy. To the common man it is a unit just like any other. But we live with them and got to know them, and we henceforth know that we have the honor to live with one of the most renowned units of the US Army - one that the movies brought to the public as series showing “ordinary soldiers thrust into extraordinary events”....
  • American troops through a French infantryman's eyes

    11/21/2008 11:13:02 AM PST · by DogBarkTree · 64 replies · 2,787+ views
    americanthinker.com/ ^ | 11/21/08 | Thomas Lifson
    hockingly positive views of our forces in Afghanistan are revealed in this translation of a post by a French OMLT (Operational Mentoring Liaison Teams) infantryman working with our toops there. A couple of brief excerpts: Heavily built, fed at the earliest age with Gatorade, proteins and creatine - they are all heads and shoulders taller than us and their muscles remind us of Rambo. Our frames are amusingly skinny to them - we are wimps, even the strongest of us - and because of that they often mistake us for Afghans. [....] Each man knows he can count on the...
  • French nab 9 Somali pirates in Gulf of Aden

    10/23/2008 10:42:03 AM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies · 832+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 10/23/8 | MALKHADIR M. MUHUMED, Associated Press Writer
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Tensions heated up on the high seas, as the French Navy captured nine pirates near the Gulf of Aden and a Somali pirate warned Thursday that the crew of a hijacked Ukrainian arms ship would be killed if NATO forces attacked. The French Navy intercepted the pirates in two small boats about 115 miles (185 kilometers) from the nearest coast, finding assault rifles, grenade-launchers, grappling hooks and ladders onboard. The nine were handed over Thursday to Somali officials, and French officials received assurances the prisoners would be treated according to international conventions. "We wanted to send...
  • French troops 'ran out of ammunition' in Afghanistan

    09/21/2008 5:38:24 PM PDT · by Flavius · 44 replies · 296+ views
    telegraph ^ | 9/21/08 | By Henry Samuel in Paris
    The "secret" file quoted by a Canadian newspaper said that the French troops ambushed on Aug 18 in a valley east of Kabul did not have enough bullets, radios and other equipment to sustain them through two days of fighting. The report is likely to fan tensions ahead of a French parliamentary debate over President Nicolas Sarkozy's decision to send extra troops to Afghanistan. It promises to be heated, but Mr Sarkozy's decision will be approved as his ruling centre-right UMP party holds a strong majority.
  • Photos of Taliban Posing in Dead Soldier's Uniform Shock France

    09/05/2008 7:56:37 PM PDT · by French_for_Bush · 17 replies · 244+ views
    Foxnews ^ | Friday, September 05, 2008
    A picture of a Taliban fighter in the uniform of a dead French soldier drew anger in France Wednesday as the army came under new fire over its conduct in an ambush that killed 10 paratroopers in Afghanistan last month.
  • Sarkozy vows to fight on in Afghanistan as funeral held for soldiers

    08/21/2008 1:42:29 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 12 replies · 188+ views
    www.chinaview.cn ^ | 2008-08-21 | staff
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday pledged to continue the fight in Afghanistan while attending a state funeral in Paris for the 10 French soldiers killed in a Taliban ambush earlier in the week. Sarkozy, who was accompanied by other French leaders at the funeral ceremony in a church at Les Invalides, said France will not give up its fight against terrorism in Afghanistan "We don't have the right to lose over there, we cannot renounce our values," he said. "We cannot let the barbarians triumph because a defeat at the other side of the world will be paid for...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy rallies troops after French deaths in Afghanistan

    08/21/2008 12:46:23 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 9 replies · 132+ views
    The Times ^ | August 21, 2008 | Charles Bremner in Paris
    An emotional President Sarkozy insisted yesterday that there would be no French wobble over Afghanistan, urging troops in Kabul to fight with fresh resolve after the loss of ten comrades. Mr Sarkozy, pale and shaken after inspecting the coffins of the young French servicemen, voiced his defiance after the wisdom of his decision to send more troops into what is widely seen as an unwinnable war was called into question. François Hollande, the Socialist Party leader, said that France “must be told what exactly our soldiers are doing in Afghanistan and how long they will be doing it for”. Survivors...
  • France shocked by Afghan deaths

    08/20/2008 11:21:46 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 17 replies · 170+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8/20/08 | James Mackenzie
    France reacted in shock on Wednesday to the death of 10 of its soldiers in an ambush in Afghanistan and questions began to be asked about the country's worst military loss in 25 years. President Nicolas Sarkozy, who flew to Kabul on Tuesday, said France was committed to its engagement in Afghanistan where it took part in the 2001 invasion to topple the Taliban. But the opposition Socialists called for a parliamentary committee to meet and doubts were expressed about the official account of the incident in which the 10 soldiers were killed and 21 wounded in a fierce mountain...
  • French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Afghanistan

    08/20/2008 5:35:22 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 6 replies · 194+ views
    Reuters Via Yahoo News ^ | August 20,2008
    France's President Nicolas Sarkozy shakes hands with Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace in Kabul August 20, 2008. President Sarkozy said on Wednesday he had no regrets about sending 700 more troops to Afghanistan, after insurgents killed 10 French soldiers, the biggest single loss for foreign forces in combat since 2001. REUTERS/Olivier Laban-Mattei/Pool (AFGHANISTAN)
  • Sarkozy In Afghanistan After Troop Deaths

    08/20/2008 12:59:12 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 7 replies · 260+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 20, 2008 | Jon Hemming
    <p>President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Wednesday he had no regrets about sending 700 more troops to Afghanistan, after insurgents killed 10 French soldiers, the biggest single loss for foreign forces in combat since 2001.</p> <p>The troops were killed in a major battle that erupted when Taliban insurgents ambushed a French patrol just 60 km (40 miles) east of the Afghan capital on Monday. The fighting has heightened fears the militants are gradually closing in on Kabul itself.</p>
  • France's Sarkozy arrives in Kabul

    08/19/2008 10:21:15 PM PDT · by flyfree · 3 replies · 148+ views
    President Nicolas Sarkozy has arrived in Afghanistan to support French troops a day after one of the deadliest attacks on France's forces abroad. Ten French soldiers were killed and 21 injured in an ambush by Taleban fighters east of the capital, Kabul. Mr Sarkozy said France was committed to the fight against terrorism, and the mission in Afghanistan would continue.
  • Insurgents Kill 10 French Troops in Afghanistan Attack

    08/19/2008 4:35:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 184+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2008 – Ten French soldiers were killed in Afghanistan when their patrol was attacked by Taliban fighters in Kabul province during fighting that spanned from late yesterday until early today, U.S. officials said. Twenty-one other French troops were wounded in the engagement, which reportedly involved up to 100 insurgents, according to a NATO news release. Afghan security forces were with the French soldiers when enemy fighters attacked. “As I understand it, it was a complex attack involving multiple weapons systems, small arms, mortars, rockets, and [it] lasted for several hours,” senior Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters...
  • 'Ten French dead' in Afghan clash

    08/19/2008 3:24:20 AM PDT · by Stolly · 13 replies · 223+ views
    BBC ^ | BBC
    Ten French soldiers have been killed in fighting with the Taleban east of the Afghan capital, Kabul, Afghan and French sources say. The deaths come amid heavy fighting near Kabul after Nato said one of its patrols was ambushed.
  • Ten French soldiers killed in Afghanistan

    08/19/2008 4:07:50 AM PDT · by Republicain · 70 replies · 712+ views
    AFP ^ | 08/19/2008
    KABUL (AFP) - Ten French soldiers were killed in battles with the Taliban near the Afghan capital, a French presidency source said Tuesday, as troops thwarted a second attack on a key US military base in as many days. Military officials in Kabul said the fierce clashes started with an attack Monday on an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) patrol in Sarobi district, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of the capital Kabul. The French source, who requested anonymity, said the soldiers were killed following a "Taliban ambush". Most of the 3,000 French troops participating in the 40-nation ISAF are...
  • Kuwait on alert for war in Persian Gulf?

    08/13/2008 9:52:15 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 8 replies · 275+ views
    Press TV (Iran) ^ | Tue, 12 Aug 2008 07:58:03 GMT
    Kuwait has activated its Emergency War Plan after an armada of US naval battle groups headed for the Persian Gulf, Middle East Times reports. The report comes after DEBKAfiles claimed on Monday that the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the USS Ronald Reagan, and the USS Iwo Jima are sailing toward the Persian Gulf to reinforce the US strike forces in the region. The US naval force is accompanied by a British Royal Navy carrier battle group and a French nuclear hunter-killer submarine. The deployment is believed to be the largest naval task force assembled by the United States and its allies...
  • French Soldiers Engaging Talibans-(check it out)

    07/26/2008 4:45:01 AM PDT · by Flavius · 17 replies · 218+ views
    you tube ^ | 7/25/08 | Mysticplace
    This video is subtitled with English Subtitles . viedo at post 2
  • Leaders mass for parade in Paris

    07/14/2008 7:06:20 AM PDT · by PurpleMan · 8 replies · 125+ views
    BBC ^ | 14 July 08
    Leaders from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa have been attending France's Bastille Day military parade.
  • French soldier shoots 17 in hostage-taking exercise

    06/30/2008 3:23:40 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 43 replies · 135+ views
    afp/google ^ | 6-30-08 | afp
    CARCASSONNE, France (AFP) — President Nicolas Sarkozy promised swift and severe punishment Monday after a soldier shot and wounded 17 people, including a three-year-old boy and both his parents, at an open day at an army barracks. The sergeant opened up with an assault rifle, firing live rounds instead of blanks into a crowd of hundreds of visitors watching a hostage-taking exercise Sunday at the base near the southwestern city of Carcassonne. A man who witnessed the shooting told AFP that "suddenly, people were falling, we thought it was part of the exercise, and then we saw blood."
  • Nicolas Sarkozy's military reforms criticised by French commanders

    06/20/2008 12:34:44 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies · 110+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 06/19/2008 | Henry Samuel
    France will leave Britain alone in Europe's military "premier league" if President Nicolas Sarkozy's defence reforms go through, a group of senior officers has warned. In an anonymous letter, the officers from across the armed services slammed France's new defence doctrine, outlined by Mr Sarkozy this week, which calls for 54,000 military and civilian defence job cuts in return for investment in intelligence and hi-tech equipment. "We are abandoning European military leadership to the British, when we know their particular relationship with the United States," wrote the group calling itself Surcouf – the name of a legendary French corsair who...
  • France to rejoin NATO command

    06/17/2008 5:25:10 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies · 69+ views
    France to rejoin NATO command From correspondents in Paris June 17, 2008 08:36pm Article from: Agence France-Presse PRESIDENT Nicolas Sarkozy today confirmed that France will soon rejoin NATO's military command that it left in 1966 but said its nuclear forces would remain under strict national control. "We can renew our relations with NATO without fearing for our independence and without the risk of being unwillingly dragged into a war," said Mr Sarkozy in an address on his new defence strategy.
  • French army falling apart, documents show

    06/08/2008 10:03:58 PM PDT · by OnRightOnLeftCoast · 25 replies · 102+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 6.6.08 | Henry Samuel
    Most of France's tanks, helicopters and jet fighters are unusable and its defence apparatus is on the verge of "falling apart", it has emerged. France's military has been given a bleak prognosis according to confidential defence documents leaked to the French press, less than half of France's Leclerc tanks – 142 out of 346 – are operational and even these regularly break down. Less than half of its Puma helicopters, 37 per cent of its Lynx choppers and 33 per cent of its Super Frelon models – built 40 years ago – are in a fit state to fly, according...