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French ground troops engage rebels in central Mali
France 24 ^ | 16/01/2013 | Joseph Bamat

Posted on 01/16/2013 7:45:28 AM PST by Freeport

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 as saying.

French troops closed in on Islamist-controlled areas earlier on Wednesday, in the first stage of a ground offensive that President François Hollande called “both necessary and legitimate” and Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned would be “long”.

(Excerpt) Read more at france24.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: france; mali; malimap; maliwar; war
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1 posted on 01/16/2013 7:45:35 AM PST by Freeport
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To: Freeport

Has France surrendered to the rebels yet....


2 posted on 01/16/2013 7:46:40 AM PST by apillar
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To: apillar

Unlike the French Army, The French Foreign Legion are ruthless bad-ass MoFo’s... No, they will kill everything and anything that moves that is designated as a target.

The last numbers I saw was a 10:1 kill ratio... I’ll pass on messing with the FFL.


3 posted on 01/16/2013 7:50:27 AM PST by Freeport (The proper application of high explosives will remove all obstacles.)
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To: Freeport

If they want to win this war they will need to kill each and every one of the islamist terrorists.

And if they have no intention of winning they have no business going in there.


4 posted on 01/16/2013 7:54:11 AM PST by DManA
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To: Freeport
Since panetta said we would only be supporting intelligence gathering, the FFL should be on full alert. panetta works for the other side.
5 posted on 01/16/2013 7:55:51 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: Freeport

Unless troops from Algeria, Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso form an anvil; the work being done by the French will be in vain. They’ll fade and resurface in a year.


6 posted on 01/16/2013 7:56:16 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: apillar

Mais oui. Zee white flags. Zay shall be issued before too long. Inspector Closeau is expected to speak shortly. Kato? Kato? Is zat you?


7 posted on 01/16/2013 7:56:38 AM PST by rktman (Live the oath you took or get out of office!)
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To: Freeport

My guess would be that the French took their artillery with them, and ROE (if any) allows the troops to use it.


8 posted on 01/16/2013 7:57:35 AM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: Freeport

I have read no report that suggests the FFL has been deployed here.


9 posted on 01/16/2013 7:59:13 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: apillar
Has France surrendered to the rebels yet....

We're talking about the Foreign Legion here... a whole different ballgame.

10 posted on 01/16/2013 8:01:42 AM PST by ScottinVA (More dizzying than a Tilt-a-Whirl is an around-a-circle argument with a liberal about gun control.)
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To: Freeport

Just more Islamist Freedom Fighters.


11 posted on 01/16/2013 8:02:52 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: apillar

Look, the French government can be annoying, but the “surrender” jokes are both ill-informed, and old and tiresome after a while.

I suggest you read “The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916” by Sir Alistair Howe and then see if you feel like mocking French troops. They spent 10 months successfully defending one city in the most horrific conditions imaginable, suffering over 500,000 casualties.

Also the last Pew Poll found that France was very high on the list of countries that most liked the United States and Americans, which confirms what I’ve heard from a lot of people, that the US is very popular with average Frenchmen once you get outside of Paris.


12 posted on 01/16/2013 8:03:27 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: 1rudeboy

the rumor is France sent the moslem men, who were in France, ages 18 - 28 and dressed ‘em up like the FFL


13 posted on 01/16/2013 8:05:01 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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I'm strangely annoyed by the assumption that the French military = the French Foreign Legion.

Those guys must be the baddest asses on the Planet if they are responsible for every French military success since WWI!

14 posted on 01/16/2013 8:13:29 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: no-to-illegals

no-to-illegals ~:” Since panetta said we would only be supporting intelligence gathering, the FFL should be on full alert. panetta works for the other side. “

panetta is on the other side ~ sure enough !
We arm the Mexican Cartels
We arm and fund the Islamacist armies
We disarm our own citizens

Go figure !!


15 posted on 01/16/2013 8:14:49 AM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt (Pay attention - the inmates ARE running the asylum!)
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To: Freeport
The last numbers I saw was a 10:1 kill ratio. I’ll pass on messing with the FFL.
Just who have they fought?
I look at the Wikipedia page for the FFL and the only battle I recognize is the Battle of Dien Bien Phu.
That didn't turn out so well.
16 posted on 01/16/2013 8:19:07 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: apillar

You won’t see that happen.


17 posted on 01/16/2013 8:19:29 AM PST by stuartcr ("I upraded my moral compass to a GPS, to keep up with the times.")
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To: Freeport

The French are actually good at this game. They are a tad on the ruthless side.


18 posted on 01/16/2013 8:22:55 AM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: 1rudeboy

It was discussed in the WSJ this morning, and at least some of them are FFL.


19 posted on 01/16/2013 8:25:08 AM PST by livius
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To: Paladin2
Just more Islamist Freedom Fighters.

yep, France is not playing stupid on this one.
Go France! Make the one, zer0, obozo (whatever)
upset and angry. Go Get 'em, France.
My compliments to France, doing the job America
did not do. Beating back the zer0
one nation at a time.

20 posted on 01/16/2013 8:27:03 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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