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French surround Malian
town, await African troops

Reuters, by Bate Felix*

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Posted By:BuckeyeRon, 1/17/2013 3:42:14 PM

Bamako- French troops surrounded the Malian town of Diabaly on Thursday, keeping Islamists rebels who had seized it three days ago bottled up while a West African military force took shape. The French held back from launching a full-out assault on the town as the Al Qaeda linked rebels had taken refuge in the homes of civilians. (Snip) The vanguard of around 900 Nigerian troops was due to arrive in Mali´s capital Bamako on Thursday in the first wave of a 2,000-strong African force to fight alongside the French. A convoy of armoured vehicles, fuel tankers and ambulances and

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*(Additional reporting by Tiemoko Diallo in Bamako and Benkoro Sangare in Niono; Writing by Joe Bavier; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: GraniteBayTom, 1/17/2013 4:37:11 PM     (No. 9122724)

Good luck, French. You will be waiting along time. Get real.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: calgrammy, 1/17/2013 4:58:25 PM     (No. 9122771)

Heck, I didn´t know France had an Army much less a Air Force.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Grambo, 1/17/2013 6:05:47 PM     (No. 9122888)

Don’t sell the French short. They build some of the most sophisticated fighter aircraft in the world.

As for the Islamist’s, don’t sell them short either. They build some of the most sophisticated hate ministry’s in the world.

For my part, if you have an organization that vows to kill all beings who don’t pay obeisance to them, use those sophisticated fighter jets and deliver unto them their 27 virgins.



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Reply 4 - Posted by: grampstosix, 1/17/2013 6:25:19 PM     (No. 9122930)

Obama said we have al Qaeda on the run.Wonder what he´s smoking these days.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rafter, 1/17/2013 6:29:53 PM     (No. 9122945)

French Mirage fighter jets... king of the desert... Ne c´est pas?

Part of the notorious French Flyin´ Legion...

We do not Beau Geste about this ici.

The French have a lengthy history of involvement in conflicts in Africa,
from colonial days.

They can do what Hillary won´t.
Let ´em.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: LanieLou, 1/17/2013 6:30:15 PM     (No. 9122946)

"The United States is considering logistical and surveillance support but has ruled out sending in U.S. troops."

Yesterday it was reported the US Was providing logistic support.... Now we are considering it?

I´d say this is proof the mullahs have told Obama he can´t use Taqiyya Tactics to kill good muslim soldiers of The Muslim Brotherhood. This is Obama´s Come To Allah Moment.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Rafter, 1/17/2013 6:33:26 PM     (No. 9122949)

forgot to complete that last sentence...

Let them eat cake.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: 3rdjerseyman, 1/17/2013 6:54:28 PM     (No. 9122992)

It is only possible to attack the courage of French soldiers if you are completely ignorant of history.

"Cheese eating surrender monkeys," is insulting to the memory of the army and navy that provided the crucial power that won our liberty in 1781.

The Foreign Legion cavalry is in the desert again. Very bad news for any Jihadis who care to stand up. Where the Frogs have a problem, is the same place our people are headed- they´ve been starved for equipment and supply by severe buget cuts. They just started sooner. March or Die!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: wepeople, 1/17/2013 8:19:27 PM     (No. 9123139)

There should never be any prisoners taken when it concerns islamic militants.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: LouD, 1/17/2013 9:01:43 PM     (No. 9123231)

Haven´t the Nigerians ever heard of that new mode of fast transportation? It´s called the airplane. At least a few hundred could go, no?
As for the Foreign Legion, they are just that; foreigners. They have proven themselves as brave fighters over the years, even in defeat. The only French in the Legion are the officers. And we know that in any army the noncoms really run the show, as far as getting things done.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 1/17/2013 9:23:29 PM     (No. 9123263)

#10...reports indicate that Nigeria´s president gave the orders on Friday and the advance group did arrive on Saturday...about 900 left the AIR BASE in Kaduna Weds presumbably for Bamako with their equipment and made the same 250 mile trek the French did on Tuesday from Bamakon to Diabaly, arriving today. Niger reportedly has put 500 on their border for entry into Mali an

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Reply 12 - Posted by: provide, 1/18/2013 7:32:23 AM     (No. 9123687)

The only way to solve this fast is to send Nigerian Christians who have been victims of Moosie bullets and bombs. Don´t stand in their way when tribal battle trophies are taken.

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