France to stay in Mali until stability restored

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sensi wrote:

@ AlaskanDude, mixup
If any of you can tells us what the ludicrous american debate on guns has to do with this article, please do so…

Jan 15, 2013 8:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
mokaiba wrote:

@sensi

It has nothing to do with Mali. I reported them as I believe them to be spam accounts. US has no interest in Mali other than saying the terrorists need to leave Mali. France (now with support of UN) are addressing the issue and there is no reason for the USA to intervene unless Mali requests us to help, which they wont.

Jan 15, 2013 12:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Cleveland2012 wrote:

What a charade. If one French soldier has to fight, and if he dies, the whole facade will collapse!

Jan 15, 2013 12:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Crash866 wrote:

Terrorists in North Africa…I thought was all based on a Anti-Islamist video…So there are terrorist and they attacked the US Consulate in Benghazi

Jan 15, 2013 2:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Yesyes wrote:

@Crash866 Why does everything seem to relate to Benghazi for you? It’s as if it was the worst atrocity ever committed in the history of mankind and you need to link everything to it somehow. At least for once you didn’t end your post with the obligatory “tick tock”. That gets really annoying after a few months

Jan 15, 2013 2:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse

It sure is a good thing that some country interfered with the French Revolution until stability was restored. Wait….

I just love when countries that had internal revolutions try to prevent others from having one, developing their own histories and persevering through it. As if to say to them “Now children, you should learn from our mistakes and do what we say, not what we do.”

How about France worry about France?

Jan 15, 2013 2:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:

“To ensure that when we leave, when we end our intervention, Mali is safe, has legitimate authorities, an electoral process and there are no more terrorists threatening its territory”

Geeze where have we heard this before?

Hey France how did that Viet Nam thing work out for you?

Jan 15, 2013 3:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JapanViewer wrote:

Go France Go, but unfortunately, the French are known for being a weak and pathetic army. Yes, as Crash866 wrote, once their soldiers start to die, they’ll pack up and leave, regardless of the consequences. They’ve proven time and again, that they cannot be relied on as an effective fighting force. I truly hope they will redeem themselves this time.
Anyways, my Allah be with them and may they rid Mali of the Infidel Jihadists. Allahu Akbar.

Jan 15, 2013 3:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MikeBarnett wrote:

The date for the restoration of stability remains uncertain because many of these countries are short on the training and logistics to transform their men into soldiers and their soldiers into competent, coordinated combat forces. This is a major issue because they face veterans who have been fighting insurgencies for years. Qaddafi’s Taureg mercenaries quickly defeated the untested, US trained Malian army, and that caused Mali’s army to overthrow the Malian government.

The veterans of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) had been fighting against Qaddafi for years, and they defeated the Tauregs at Gao. The west African branch of AQIM has changed its name to the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJWA), but the primary goals remain the same. Ansar Dine captured Timbuktu and destroyed islamic shrines. Recently, islamic insurgents have moved south and west toward Bamako and have reached Diabaly, near Niona.

The French have the only force that can move quickly and with some acceptance because Mali was a former French colony and member of the French Union and, later, La Communaute (Community). Although these international organizations are defunct, French intervention in its former empire is often accepted by most citizens, and in this case, the leaders of MUJWA are not Malians. Ansar Dine is led by Malians, but its brand of islam is opposed by most Malians.

Jan 15, 2013 3:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

During the Great Depression in the United States, locals in Oklahoma, Texas and other oil-producing areas would steal oil right from the pumpjacks and use it to heat their homes and even fuel their cars. Somehow, the oil companies survived this scourge :)

Jan 15, 2013 3:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sensi wrote:

@ JapanViewer
Keep your ignorant prejudices and counter-truths for your mum, or rather take a history class and learn about centuries of french warfare reality, which is far from your slandering garbage…

Jan 15, 2013 4:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
plang1 wrote:

with a leaderless america reduced to a deadbeat nation status france is stepping up to fill the void….

Jan 15, 2013 5:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
alphaprime07 wrote:

@ JapanViewer

It’s sad to be so ignorant:

“There were 53 major conflicts in Europe. France has been a belligerent in 49 of them, and in the UK 43. Among the 185 battles that France has delivered during the last 800 years, their armies have won 132 of them, and have lost 43, leaving only 10 battles undecided. Thus giving the French military record of victories in Europe.”
Wikipedia

Jan 15, 2013 5:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
arthurpkaske wrote:

France, blow the enemy back to hell!

Jan 15, 2013 5:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
arthurpkaske wrote:

France must send the right message. I would say more but this rage will not allow me because of “their standards.”

Jan 15, 2013 5:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
UStraveler wrote:

@ JapanViewer
Surely agree with Sensi that a few history lessons would do you some good.
@ Plang1
If every country would get involved and clean around their door step the world would certainly be different and who knows we would maybe not talk about terrorists today

Jan 15, 2013 5:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
devildoc68 wrote:

Good for you France..you have a chance to prove yourself for once. Stomp out these pathetic puke Muslims…they are the low life of the earth and you have a chance now to prove yourself as a country and military force. Beat them into submission…all nations should be at your back to stomp out these stupid, low life cowards who hate education, demean women and live with violence. Don’t give up like America does…destroy each living member of their group…hang them in public so all can see…do your best to give them their virgins with a head shot….go go go..stomp them out and if you succeed..you can teach America how to do it.

Jan 15, 2013 6:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Teluu wrote:

“I told you so” this is in response to France’s action during the overthrow of Qaddafi. They air drop a lot of arms and ammunition to these folks. France didn’t listen when African head of states asked them to stop, now they are using these weapons to fight the the French. I think France occupation in these countries should stop. They have troops in Ivory coast, Mali, Congo, Rwanda, Central Africa Republic, Cameron,and many more in Africa just to rub them of their natural resources.

Jan 15, 2013 11:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Yesyes wrote:

@LysanderTucker “How about France worry about France?”

Maybe because Mali’s government asked for their help? Also, since many of the fighters involved have dual French citizenship, and have taken French hostages, it is very much a matter of national concern to France

Jan 15, 2013 11:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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