Skip to comments.Hundreds of French troops drive back Mali rebels
Posted on 01/12/2013 10:43:25 AM PST by JerseyanExileEdited on 01/12/2013 1:15:44 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
The battle to retake Mali's north from the al-Qaida-linked groups controlling it began in earnest Saturday, after hundreds of French forces deployed to the country and began aerial bombardments to drive back the Islamic extremists from a town seized earlier this week.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...
Mali -- the next Afghanistan???
If you are trading copters for pickup trucks, you aren’t using enough firepower.
The Ring of Fire = where ever Islam borders the sane world.
So the French are getting tough even as we surrender?
Never thought I’d see the day...
Nous vous saluons, la France!
“So the French are getting tough even as we surrender?”
The French have been getting tough in Africa for decades. It’s part of their colonial legacy and happen mostly in their old colonies to which they have banking and trade interests. Remember the French interventions in Ivory Coast, Chad, Djibouti and libya, not to mention Algeria, which is a different kind of animal. I think they’ve also rescued hostages in Somalia.
What makes this Mali intervention interesting to me is that it mirrors the fight against Al-Shabaab in Somalia on the other side of the continent, except that the French are intervening directly instead of supporting proxies. Things were crumbling pretty badly.
It’s worth noting that the militia in Mali that is fighting the French obtained some of their weapons from the Steven’s operation at Benghazi.
What does Hillary know, and when did she know it?
Now to take back suburban Paris.
I wonder what will be the direct consequences of whatever idiotic decision he makes with regards to Syria. Either way, it’ll be idiotic, and you’ll watch it on TV or the Internet. I’ll hear the explosions’ vibrations through the ground.
It is also a strange contrast to France’s role in Syria, where they are supporting Islamist rebels to overthrow a government.
MrJ, they told us that the overthrow of Gaddafi was for freedom and democracy ... would they lie??? Those rebels aren’t murdering scum are they? ...
That's my suspicion, as well. So, in a sense, the French are fighting Obama's effort to spread transnational Islamist rule throughout North Africa.
Not just *any* French...Hollande is a socialist.
Driving them back doesn’t cure the problem. They need the French version of the Roach Motel - Islamists go in, but they don’t come out.
And all the gun-control talk has driven Benghazi, along with all of Obama’s failures, out of the news cycle and out of the minds of the voters.
Send in the FFL if France wants to win.
African states ready troops as France bombs Mali rebels
By Bate Felix and John Irish
France continues Mali strikes, sends troops to Bamako
By John Irish
West Africa’s ECOWAS to send troops to retake north Mali
France believes hostage killed in Somalia rescue bid
By John Irish and Abdi Sheikh
Central African Republic signs peace deal with rebels
By Jean Rovys Dabany
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.