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Mali conflict: France aiming for 'total reconquest'
BBC News ^ | 20 January 2013

Posted on 01/20/2013 4:16:11 PM PST by MinorityRepublican

There are now some 2,000 French troops in Mali

France's military aim in Mali is its "total reconquest", French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said.

"We will not leave any pockets" of resistance, he told French television.

France has sent in 2,000 troops to help Malian forces fight Islamist militants who now control the northern half of the country.

Mr Le Drian said the former Islamist stronghold of Diabaly had not yet been retaken, even though the militants withdrew from the town two days ago.

However, he added that "everything points to a favourable evolution of the situation in Diabaly in the coming hours".

Mr Le Drian also said during his interview that seven French citizens who have been taken hostage in Niger and Mali in recent years "are alive", and there have been "contacts with hostage-takers".

There had been concerns for their fate following France's decision to send troops into Mali earlier this month. 'Confused situation'

French troops have been pushing northwards and are now in the town of Niono, 50km (30 miles) south of Diabaly.

Last week French forces carried out air strikes on Diabaly, which had fallen to the Islamists on 14 January.

Diabaly's mayor told the BBC that Malian and French forces have been patrolling the outskirts of the town, which is believed to be the base for the largest concentration of Islamists in central Mali.

The BBC's Mark Doyle, in Niono, says military patrols are being sent from there into Diabaly.

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: maliwar

1 posted on 01/20/2013 4:16:15 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

How is that post-colonialism working out for Africa, huh?


2 posted on 01/20/2013 4:20:05 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

SO, how come you Frenchmen did not want to give us a hand in Iraq???/s;)


3 posted on 01/20/2013 4:20:28 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: MinorityRepublican

But....I thought the French Socialists were against ‘those evil colonialists’? (Heavy sarcasm.)


4 posted on 01/20/2013 4:22:16 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: MinorityRepublican

When does the liberal media start calling this a quagmire?


5 posted on 01/20/2013 4:22:29 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: vladimir998

But, they didn’t get UN permission first.


6 posted on 01/20/2013 4:25:36 PM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: MinorityRepublican

Then they’ll have to be prepared to kill every jihadi in the middle east.


7 posted on 01/20/2013 4:25:48 PM PST by DManA
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To: MinorityRepublican

And the muslims in gay PA-ree are going to do nothing while the French slaughter muslims in Mali?

I think not.


8 posted on 01/20/2013 4:29:31 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable Tyranny)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Total conquest? Leaving no pockets of resistance? The French are clearly amateurs, unskilled in such matters. They should consult with our vaunted experts like McChrystol, Petraeus, Allen, Dempsey, Mullen, and the Tampa housewives.

First, their military leaders should release warm Eid greetings in flawless Arabic so good that if you closed your eyes, you’d think it was Obama talking.

Then immediately form a coalition with the political wing of the moslem insurgents. They should then start arming the enemy and let them guard their soldiers as they sleep.
They should strictly prohibit the use of any weapon like artillery or close air support.
France should immediately buy the local government light attack aircraft and be sure not to exclude moslems from the opportunity to fly them.

The French soldiers in the field should have a full day stand down to have training about homosexuality.
Any criticism of the enemy cause or of their love for pedophilia must be harshly punished.
And last, the assault force must include lots of women who are encouraged to wear islamic headrags.


9 posted on 01/20/2013 4:31:53 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
There are now some 2,000 French troops in Mali

I'd be impressed with the French if there were only 2,000 Muslim males in Mali, then they'd be gettin' something done.

10 posted on 01/20/2013 4:34:12 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: DManA
Then they’ll have to be prepared to kill every jihadi in the middle east.

That's the only thing that would really work: have something that would attract Jihadis from all over, and then kill them.

We really should have been on Gaddafi's side in Libya, and Assad's side in Syria, or at least not opposing them. Lots of al Qaeda members were getting killed.

11 posted on 01/20/2013 4:35:00 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Navy Patriot

If they sent the Legion, I like the odds. Those boys are really mean.


12 posted on 01/20/2013 4:40:34 PM PST by alarm rider (Basically, we are toast.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

How ‘bout they reconquer the areas of France overrun by the Islamacist hordes ?


13 posted on 01/20/2013 4:42:35 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Frank_2001

Are there any French regular army troops or are they all Foreign Legion?


14 posted on 01/20/2013 4:47:29 PM PST by The Old Commander ('you can hear the peolple sing, it's the sound of angry men....")
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Now thats an idea. And France is weird. They can do this in Mali, and the moslems at home won’t even care. There’s a real disconnect between France at home and France abroad.

Like in the 90s. Everyone at home was anti nuke weapon, etc,, and France did above ground testing in French Polynesia and sank the rainbow warrior. Nobody at home gave a damn.

We even told them it was bad and they shouldnt do it. They flipped us the bird and pushed the button.


15 posted on 01/20/2013 4:51:18 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Frank_2001
Look who was providing the blocking force on the west flank.


16 posted on 01/20/2013 4:53:56 PM PST by ASA Vet (314th MI Bn (CEWI) / 207th MI Bde / VII Corp)
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To: The Old Commander

I don’t think the Legion was sent in.


17 posted on 01/20/2013 4:54:32 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

French troops need practice before neutralizing the banlieues.


18 posted on 01/20/2013 4:59:36 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: null and void

“And the muslims in gay PA-ree are going to do nothing while the French slaughter muslims in Mali?”

Probably time for the French to “man up” and clean out their own house too while they are at it. Paris, outside of the area immediately adjacent to the Seine, is a crap hole.


19 posted on 01/20/2013 5:04:51 PM PST by vette6387
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To: PapaBear3625

“have something that would attract Jihadis from all over, and then kill them.”

Maybe the French can roast a pig!


20 posted on 01/20/2013 5:06:39 PM PST by vette6387
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To: alarm rider

I was in a hotel bar in N’Djamena, Chad, many years ago. A young Legionnaire took an open space next to me in the bar and he laid his kepi on the bar and I figured the only way I’d ever get a Legionnaire’s kepi would be to take it and dare him to take it back, or join the Legion myself. Not good options. I had a couple of years of French in college so I started a conversation with him while drinking that excellent Chadian beer, Gala. He came up with his unit from Bangui, CAR. These guys have some of the toughest training in the world. There a few foreigners, but most of the ones I spoke with were French. Met a Brit who had been a Brit para who found garrison life in the UK a little too tame, so he headed for Marseille and joined up.


21 posted on 01/20/2013 5:09:06 PM PST by Ax
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To: Revolting cat!

I was in Mali in the early 1990’s. While I was taking with a Malian, he asked me, “Do you what this country needs?”

“No”, I replied.

He answered firmly, “Re-colonization!”


22 posted on 01/20/2013 5:21:25 PM PST by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: Frank_2001
Hollande is like Obama.

Liberals moan and pretend they are pacifists but when they get power they get all wee-wee'd up and end up getting into war quagmires.

23 posted on 01/20/2013 5:23:05 PM PST by what's up
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To: fieldmarshaldj

“How ‘bout they reconquer the areas of France overrun by the Islamacist hordes ?”

Perhaps Mali is training/trial run for that?

Naaa.


24 posted on 01/20/2013 5:24:12 PM PST by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: The Old Commander

All troops sent so far have been special forces and topline infantry: paras, marine commandos, para commandos.

Its a rather silly idea that the French have to get the FL to fight for them. The French have some superb SF’s and infantry units. Their best are a match for the best anywhere. As all the top armies in the world (US,UK etc) all crosstrain.


25 posted on 01/20/2013 5:26:47 PM PST by the scotsman (i)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Good for them! If you’re going to fight a war, don’t play “pattycakes” like the 0bama regime makes us do! Go in there and kill them all - prove war is hell, and make anyone else who may be thinking about messing around with you rethink the situation!


26 posted on 01/20/2013 5:28:46 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (It's not "GUN CONTROL"! It's "PEOPLE CONTROL"!)
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To: vette6387
“have something that would attract Jihadis from all over, and then kill them.” Maybe the French can roast a pig!

On top of the Kaaba in Mecca.

27 posted on 01/20/2013 6:20:05 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Is it possible that Europe is awakening to the Muzzie threat?
28 posted on 01/20/2013 7:45:36 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: ASA Vet

Ok, that’s the first war, but what did they do in the war that started in 2003?


29 posted on 01/20/2013 10:16:22 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: DesertRhino

Here’s hoping the French will rediscover their military glory personified in Turenne, Gallieni, and Leclerc—but I’m not holding my breath.


30 posted on 01/21/2013 7:19:14 PM PST by Taft in '52
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