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Fifth French soldier killed in Mali fighting
Times of India ^ | Sunday, March 17, 2013 | Reuters

Posted on 03/17/2013 12:07:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

A fifth French soldier was killed in the nine-week-old military campaign against Islamist rebels in Mali, the French government said on Sunday.

The corporal from the 1st Marine infantry regiment of Angouleme was killed in action, President Francois Hollande's office said in a statement, without giving details.

Dozens of Islamist fighters linked to al-Qaida have been killed as French and African forces have fought to drive them out of the northern region of Mali they have controlled since last April.

France launched a ground and air operation in January to break the Islamist rebels' hold on the region, saying militants posed a risk to the security of West Africa and Europe.

The offensive has wrested northern Mali from Islamist occupation and killed scores of fighters. Other rebels have retreated into mountain caves and desert hideaways stockpiled with arms and supplies.

The military operation is in its "final, most delicate stage," Hollande's office said.

The United Nations is considering setting up a 10,000-strong force in the former French colony before presidential and legislative elections in July, a deadline a European diplomat described on Tuesday as "a race against time".

(Excerpt) Read more at timesofindia.indiatimes.com ...


TOPICS: War on Terror
KEYWORDS: fallen; france; frenchtroops; gwot; mali; maliwar; waronterror

1 posted on 03/17/2013 12:07:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Mah mah Mali, goodbye...


2 posted on 03/17/2013 12:08:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Was he a legionnaire?


3 posted on 03/17/2013 12:22:36 PM PDT by Perdogg (Sen Ted Cruz is my adoptive Senator, Rand Paul for President in 2016)
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To: SunkenCiv

Where are they trying to drive then to?


4 posted on 03/17/2013 12:24:12 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Perdogg

Nope. Article says he was a Marine.


5 posted on 03/17/2013 12:26:58 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
In France that means he was with the Troupes de Marine which are part of the Army.
6 posted on 03/17/2013 12:31:52 PM PDT by stormer
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To: SunkenCiv

My he rest in peace.


7 posted on 03/17/2013 12:35:32 PM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I wonder when Marines began to sail on ships. I can recall Thucydides mentioning marines on board Athenian ships during the Peloponnesian War. I am sure they date at least to 500 B.C., and probably longer.


8 posted on 03/17/2013 12:37:54 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and the American Way.)
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To: yarddog

There have been Marines about as long as there have been warships. They were originally (and in some countries still are) referred to as Naval Infantry, and primarily served as boarding and landing party specialists, with their ground combat duties a natural extension of that.


9 posted on 03/17/2013 12:46:51 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Le Hell Non, Oui won’t Le geaux.


10 posted on 03/17/2013 12:47:07 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Pray for Joe Biden- Proverbs 29:9)
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To: stormer

Correct, but not part of the FFL.


11 posted on 03/17/2013 12:47:40 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Yes - I was attempting to point out that French Marines, unlike their counterparts in the US, are organized as part of the Armee de Terre (the Army), rather than part of the Marine Nationale (the Navy). To confuse matters more, the French Navy also has the Fusiliers Marin (Sailors Riflemen), that are actually infantry and commandos.


12 posted on 03/17/2013 12:57:40 PM PDT by stormer
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To: stormer

Correct again. I was merely addressing the question as to whether or not it was a legionnaire who had been killed, and seeing ‘Marine’ in the article was enough to pretty much verify the KIA was not FFL.


13 posted on 03/17/2013 1:02:39 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Thanks, there always seems to be overlap in duties. I remember Steve McQueen in “The Sand Pebbles” using a 1903 Springfield yet he was a sailor. Of course that is just a movie.

Another area where there is overlap is Army aviation and Naval aviation. First it was just the Army Air Corps, then probably copying the German Luftwaffe, we have the Air Force but still also have Army aviation.

I also remember during WWII Hermann Goering had Luftwaffe special forces troops.


14 posted on 03/17/2013 1:12:49 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and the American Way.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I wonder what their “exit strategy” is.....


15 posted on 03/17/2013 2:15:16 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Hope its not withdrawal and turning everything over to the enemy.


16 posted on 03/17/2013 2:47:29 PM PDT by Western Phil
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To: MuttTheHoople

;’)


17 posted on 03/17/2013 2:51:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Grimmy

And may al Qaeda rest in pieces.


18 posted on 03/17/2013 2:52:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Vive La France (in spite of the Socialist creep Hollande)


19 posted on 03/17/2013 2:52:21 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin; bigheadfred; Western Phil

The goal of the French is to retake Mali, but...
20 posted on 03/17/2013 3:14:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv
I thought this would be solely a FFL operation.
21 posted on 03/17/2013 5:12:35 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: dfwgator

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM-E2H1ChJM

and, just because I’m also a smart ass:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrfIoWiQS24


22 posted on 03/17/2013 7:48:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: fortheDeclaration

Pretty soon French citizens *will* be foreigners in France and be eligible.


23 posted on 03/17/2013 7:50:47 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

“And may al Qaeda rest in pieces.”

I’d rather they be reformed into something useful...

Such as, maybe, fertilizer after being passed through the digestive tract of pigs.


24 posted on 03/19/2013 1:16:26 PM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: Grimmy

I grok that.


25 posted on 03/19/2013 3:05:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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