Skip to comments.France: Hundreds of Islamist militants killed in Mali
Posted on 02/05/2013 6:07:31 PM PST by the scotsman
'"Several hundred" Islamist militants have been killed since France launched an offensive in Mali last month, the French defence minister has said.
Jean-Yves Le Drian said they had been killed in airstrikes and direct combat with French troops. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said that France may begin pulling out of Mali as early as March.
In a newspaper interview, he said that "if everything goes as planned, the number of troops should diminish".
France has an estimated 4,000 troops in Mali and officials from multilateral institutions and dozens of countries have been meeting in Brussels to discuss how to replace them. The defence minister said the last major town in northern Mali to remain in the hands of the rebels, Kidal, was now under French control.
Air attacks are continuing on suspected rebel hideouts north of the town.'
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It’s a good start....
I’ll deny this the same way the filthy koranimals deny the Holocaust.
Light in the loafers, deadly in the boots.
Problem is it is only a start!
And the French Defence Minister announced that they will begin pulling their troops out of Mali next month.
Personally I think they should stay for 12 years, occupy with tens of thousands of soldiers, pump billions into infrastructure, corruption and bribes then negotiate with Al Qaeda for a peaceful transition.
Looks like the French have better Rules of Engagement than we do. No Miranda Rights, letting them shoot first, etc.
..not to worry Obama wants to be president of France in 2016 too...he’ll fix that...
Two or three years ago, my Sister and BIL were vacationing in Hungary. They would send me pics about every week or so. One day they happened on a parade of mostly military items. After the parade the President of the Country gave a speech only a few hundred feet from where they were.
Among the pics they sent me was of a bunch of French soldiers all carrying those funny looking rifles and in full uniform, of course in parade formation.
They flat out impressed my. They really looked like a bunch of mean characters. Not in the least bit wussified. They also appeared to be unusually large.
They’re going to pull out in March? Ohhhhhh.....Soros got the deal signed.
I'll hold my applause until all Islamist militants have been killed by France in Mali.
Did they piss on their dead bodies...?
Right. Clean house and get out. No time for IED factories to emerge. War is hell. Make them think twice.
Thanks the scotsman, and thanks *France* for cleaning up the mess — well, until it becomes politically unpopular and the whole effort gets thrown under the bus.
France is doing the jobs Americans won’t do (anymore).
Back in the day, I was on a couple operations in Africa. I saw the Legion and the French Army up close. I like having them on our side.
NOT ENOUGH! NOT ENOUGH!!
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