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France Confirms Mali Intervention (France Sends Troops To Ex-Colony)
BBC News ^ | 01/11/2013 | BBC News

Posted on 01/11/2013 10:59:37 AM PST by goldstategop

President Francois Hollande says French troops are taking part in operations against Islamists in northern Mali.

French troops "have brought support this afternoon to Malian units to fight against terrorist elements", he said.

Armed groups, some linked to al-Qaeda, took control of northern Mali in April.

Mr Hollande said the intervention complied with international law, and had been agreed with Malian President Dioncounda Traore. A state of emergency has been declared across the country.

The militants said on Thursday that they had advanced further into government-controlled territory, taking the strategic central town of Konna.

Mr Hollande said French military action had been decided on Friday morning and would last "as long as necessary".

"Mali is facing an assault by terrorist elements coming from the north whose brutality and fanaticism is know across the world," Mr Hollande said.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; dioncoundatraore; france; islam; mali; traore; waronterror
France is pouring troops into Mali to halt an Islamist offensive at the request of its Malian ally. Mali is an ex-French colony.
1 posted on 01/11/2013 10:59:42 AM PST by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop

A total waste of French blood and treasure. Africa is, and will always be, a dump.


2 posted on 01/11/2013 11:05:50 AM PST by EEGator
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To: goldstategop

La Légion étrangère. Dien Bien Phu again?
Given politics and the social environment in France, I wouldn’t be surprised at all.


3 posted on 01/11/2013 11:06:44 AM PST by onedoug
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To: goldstategop

That’s a long way to go to surrender.


4 posted on 01/11/2013 11:08:56 AM PST by Noumenon (One individual with courage, determination and a rifle can change the course of history.)
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To: goldstategop

I winder if they are fighting Islamic terrorists armed with Libyan weapons supplied by the US through Benghazi?


5 posted on 01/11/2013 11:10:22 AM PST by Truth29
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To: goldstategop

Paris is also an ex-French colony now being overrun by Islamists.

The Liberal mind lives in such a Utopian fantasy of tolerance in the face of eternal examples of 7th Century barbarism, including present-day slavery, repression, violence and human rights violations.

The Left claims a War on Women while ignoring videotape of a rape victim being flogged.

France and Belgium are weak, I hope they wake up.


6 posted on 01/11/2013 11:11:43 AM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: wac3rd

“Paris is also an ex-French colony now being overrun by Islamists.”

How true. I can’t wait to see how the French “populace” reacts to this!


7 posted on 01/11/2013 11:18:55 AM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: goldstategop

Hopfully they changed the color of their parachutes. How else will the muzzies be able to tell if they are parachuting in or surrendering in mid-air?


8 posted on 01/11/2013 11:20:54 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: goldstategop
...sounds like "a-wag-the-dog" operation.
distract...
more distractions
even more distractions

9 posted on 01/11/2013 11:29:53 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,spend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Bozo man can :-)
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To: goldstategop

Let’s not be too hard on the French, after all, they are putting their lives on the line to clean up a mess that our president started with Arab Spring.


10 posted on 01/11/2013 11:32:00 AM PST by flying Elvis ("In...War, the errors which proceed from a spirit of benevolence are the worst" Clausewitz.)
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To: goldstategop

Let’s not be too hard on the French, after all, they are putting their lives on the line to clean up a mess that our president started with Arab Spring.


11 posted on 01/11/2013 11:32:11 AM PST by flying Elvis ("In...War, the errors which proceed from a spirit of benevolence are the worst" Clausewitz.)
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To: flying Elvis

I agree. Mali needs the help. I’m glad they are helping.


12 posted on 01/11/2013 11:49:15 AM PST by married21
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To: onedoug

hardly. these tribesmen are not the Viet Minh.


13 posted on 01/11/2013 12:01:19 PM PST by RitchieAprile (the obstreperous gentleman..)
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To: goldstategop

just a bit of colonial biteback, yaknow, The UN will straighten it out in no time. wouldn’t sending the Foreign Legion be appropriate and actually give them ammo? sigh for the ‘good old days’..


14 posted on 01/11/2013 12:50:07 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: RitchieAprile

Though the French are the French.


15 posted on 01/11/2013 1:00:21 PM PST by onedoug
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To: onedoug

you and the others who habititually slander the French really have no clue.


16 posted on 01/11/2013 1:03:27 PM PST by RitchieAprile (the obstreperous gentleman..)
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To: RitchieAprile

Sacre bleu!


17 posted on 01/11/2013 1:43:09 PM PST by onedoug
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To: EEGator

Africa is the future. The natural resources are there. All you need do is get rid of the Tribalism and Islam.


18 posted on 01/11/2013 2:42:31 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

“All you need do is get rid of the Tribalism and Islam.”

So essentially the entire population of Africa.


19 posted on 01/11/2013 2:56:06 PM PST by EEGator
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To: Noumenon

Perhaps they are having “surrender withdrawal.”


20 posted on 01/12/2013 6:54:31 AM PST by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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To: goldstategop
"Mali is facing an assault by terrorist elements coming from the north whose brutality and fanaticism is know across the world," Mr Hollande said ..."

He could say the same about Syria, but in that case, France is arming the rebels.

What restless, interfering hypocrites they are.

21 posted on 01/12/2013 6:33:46 PM PST by BlackVeil
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To: flying Elvis

The French led the Arab Spring / Libyan thing up front while Obama led it from behind. It broke somewhere in the middle and spilled jihadis all over the place.


22 posted on 01/14/2013 1:24:13 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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