Radical Islamists hold on to gains in Mali

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    Radical Islamists hold on to gains in Mali - Houston Chronicle
    Well that will stop those radical Islamists in their tracks for sure.

    At least some countries still have a military.

    I seem to remember someone else saying they only wanted Poland.

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    [Terrorist are always getting smarter. Are we?]
     
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    French intervene.

    Malian army beats back Islamist rebels with French help | Reuters
    Malian army beats back Islamist rebels with French help

    Malian government troops drove back Islamist rebels from a strategic central town after France intervened on Friday with air strikes to halt advances by the militants controlling the country's desert north.

    Western governments, particularly former colonial power France, had voiced alarm after the al Qaeda-linked rebel alliance captured the town of Konna on Thursday, a gateway towards the capital Bamako 600 km (375 miles) south.

    President Francois Hollande said France would not stand by to watch the rebels push southward. Paris has repeatedly warned that the Islamists' seizure of the country's north in April gave them a base to attack neighboring African countries and Europe.

    "We are faced with blatant aggression that is threatening Mali's very existence. France cannot accept this," Hollande, who recently pledged Paris would not to meddle in African affairs, said in a New Year speech to diplomats and journalists.

    The president said resolutions by the United Nations Security Council, which in December sanctioned an African-led military intervention in Mali, meant France was acting in accordance with international law.

    In Washington, a U.S. official told Reuters that the Pentagon is weighing options in Mali, including intelligence-sharing with France and logistics support.

    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius confirmed that France had carried out air strikes against the rebels to prevent them conquering the whole of Mali. He refused to reveal further details, such as whether French troops were on the ground.

    France's intervention immediately tipped the military balance of power, with Malian government forces quickly sweeping back into Konna, according to local residents.

    "The Malian army has retaken Konna with the help of our military partners. We are there now," Lieutenant Colonel Diaran Kone told Reuters, adding that the army was mopping up Islamist fighters in the surrounding area.
     
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    We, the U.S. and her European allies, are blind in a region of the world which is becoming increasingly sophisticated by the day. I believe the lesson to be taken from my other thread about the DRC and the training of the 391st shows that if progress is going to be made in Africa it is going to take time to collimate. The model should be like the training of the 391st, and not the, enter the briefing room with notes and come out with an order of battle, such as the French commando raid. The one thing we absolutely can not and must not do is ignore this region until we don't have a choice but to enter the briefing room with notes and come out with an order of battle.

     
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    France givin' air cover against Islamist rebels...
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    France continues Mali air strikes and sends troops to Bamako
    12 Jan.`13 - French forces carried out a second day of air strikes against Islamist rebels in Mali on Saturday and sent troops to protect the capital Bamako in an operation involving several hundred soldiers, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.
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    Hundreds of French troops drive back Mali rebels
    Jan 12,`13 -- French airstrikes overnight in Mali drove back Islamist rebels from a key city and destroyed a militant command center, the French defense minister said Saturday, as West African nations authorized the immediate deployment of troops to the country.
     
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    White flags.
     
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    At the moment their the only one slowing the creep of the terrorists out of where they are seen to where they are unseen.
     
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    Will Mali turn out to be France's Somalia?...
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    Malian Rebels Take Town and Vow to Avenge French Attack
    January 14, 2013 — The French Defense Ministry said on Monday that a town in central Mali had fallen to Islamist insurgents from the north, hours after Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said his country’s dramatic intervention there had succeeded in blocking a rebel advance that could have had “appalling consequences.”
     
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    Yeah, I saw that. I believe we are greatly underestimating what kind of capabilities are being developed by forces in this continent. The longer we put off addressing growing dangers to our national security the higher the price we are going to pay.
     
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    We might just have a 'situation' on our hands.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/17/w...reign-hostages-at-algeria-gas-field.html?_r=0
     

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