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  • Mali Exposes Flaws in West's Security Plans

    01/23/2013 9:00:44 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 23, 2013 | By ADAM ENTOUS and JULIAN E. BARNES in Washington and DREW HINSHAW in Bamako, Mali
    France's attack on Islamic extremists in Mali this month is exposing major strains in the Western world's security strategy. As the French assault gained steam in West Africa, France sought help from its allies—only to find that the U.S. and other North Atlantic Treaty Organization states either weren't ready or couldn't offer much. Canada and the U.K. quickly ponied up three cargo planes, two of which broke down en route. By far the biggest breakdown, however, played out between the U.S. and France, as Washington sent what Paris saw as mixed messages about U.S. levels of commitment to taking on...
  • US Confirms Americans Taken After Algeria Attack (SecDef Panetta: "Terrorist Attack"

    01/16/2013 10:47:03 AM PST · by kristinn · 66 replies
    AP via U.S. News ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | Bradley Klapper
    The Obama administration is condemning an Islamist attack on a natural gas field in southern Algeria and confirming that Americans are among those being held hostage. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters in Italy that Americans were among the hostages and called the incident a "terrorist attack."
  • French ground troops engage rebels in central Mali

    01/16/2013 7:45:28 AM PST · by Freeport · 30 replies
    France 24 ^ | 16/01/2013 | Joseph Bamat
    French soldiers began direct combat with Mali-based Islamists in the central town of Diabaly on Wednesday, according to security sources, while President François Hollande said the war effort was “necessary and legitimate” in a speech in Paris. French special forces began fighting on the ground with Islamist rebels in central Mali on Wednesday, according to regional security sources, six days after the European power launched an air offensive in the country. “The special forces are currently in Diabaly, engaged in fighting with the Islamists. The Malian army is also on site,” the AFP news agency quoted a Malian security source...