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Knaur
01-12-2013, 10:29 PM
Pentagon has declined to help.

French have move swiftly on their own.

Al Queda has strategic towns.

French have first combat death, helicopter pilot shot by Ack Ack.

3, 000 troops have been deployed, 13 DBLE FFL and 2REP included I believe but might be incorrect.

Knaur
01-12-2013, 10:34 PM
Islamists will bleed if the French experience in Africa is anything to go by

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/12/us-mali-rebels-idUSBRE90912Q20130112

Knaur
01-12-2013, 10:34 PM
http://www.voanews.com/content/france-takes-bold-action-to-counter-islamists-in-africa/1582696.html

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MALI'S army has taken back a key town from Islamist rebels aided by French air power, opening a dramatic new phase in the conflict that France's leader declared is a battle against terrorism.


International momentum to wrest northern Mali back from the control of al-Qa'ida-linked groups built after the French air raids helped reclaim the front-line town of Konna, with Burkina Faso, Niger and Senegal each pledging 500 troops to an African force tasked with regaining the north.

France's President Francois Hollande declared “Operation Serval” a success, saying French air power - deployed on Friday to stop the rebel onslaught - had “served to halt our adversaries,” and that the intervention had “only one goal which is the fight against terrorism.”

“Our foes have suffered heavy losses,” he said.

The battle left dozens of dead rebels strewn across the area, according to witnesses and the Malian military.








France's forces suffered one casualty, a pilot killed carrying out air raids, said French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Mr Hollande, who has struggled on the domestic front and seen his popularity hit record lows, said French forces would remain involved as long as necessary.
He sent the UN Security Council a letter asking to speed up plans to send a 3,300-strong African force into Mali.

Mr Hollande also said that following the intervention he had ordered tightened security at home, saying France “has to take all necessary precautions” in the face of a terrorist threat.

The collapse of a nation formerly seen as a democratic success story in the region has sparked fears that northern Mali could become a launchpad for global terrorist attacks.
The Malian army said it was in full control of Konna after spending much of yesterday flushing out the last pockets of resistance following the battle, one of the worst clashes since the start of the crisis and the most significant setback inflicted on the Islamists.

Insurgents seized the town - which is some 700 kilometres northeast of Bamako - on Thursday, threatening to advance on the capital.

US officials said Washington might support France's sudden military intervention.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said he welcomed the “military assistance France has provided to the Malian Government, at their request”, and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso praised the “courageous action by French troops”.
But Russia's Africa envoy, Mikhail Margelov, lashed out at the French move.
“African residents aside, no one else can or should solve the continent's problems,” Mr Margelov said.

Around 60 Islamists including women in veils protested outside the French embassy in London against the intervention, holding placards that read “French army, you will pay” and “Sharia is the only solution for Mali”.

Malian residents however thanked France for its support.
“The French really saved us,” said thirty-something Moussa Toure in Bamako - a remark echoed by others, including Mali's interim president, Dioncounda Traore.
France also said it had deployed troops in the capital to protect the former colonial ruler's 6,000-strong expatriate community.

The capital has remained under government control throughout the crisis, which erupted in the wake of a March 22 coup that ousted democratically elected president Amadou Toumani Toure, creating a power vacuum that allowed the Islamists to seize the vast desert north.

Since seizing the territory, about the size of France, the Islamists have destroyed centuries-old Muslim mausoleums they see as heretical and imposed an extreme form of Islamic law in the main towns, flogging, amputating and sometimes executing accused transgressors.

Mali's armed forces had been in disarray since the coup and seemed powerless against a rebellion of seasoned fighters, but France's shock intervention tipped the power balance.

“The helicopters struck the insurgents' vehicles, which dispersed,” a Malian military source said.

In the wake of the battle, West African nations sped up preparations to send troops to join the fight against the Islamists.

Ivory Coast's African Integration Minister Ally Coulibaly said the mission was being rapidly pushed forward and that the first troops could arrive as early as Sunday.
An unclear number of West African military personnel were already on the ground in Mali.

The UN security council has approved a 3,300-strong African force to help Mali defeat the rebels, but it had not been expected to deploy before September.
Mali's interim administration however warned it could not afford to wait months for a game-changer.

With the situation evolving rapidly, the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) announced late on Friday it had authorised the immediate deployment of troops.
AFP

Knaur
01-12-2013, 10:35 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20991723

Knaur
01-12-2013, 10:44 PM
Anyone who doubts what the French are capable of would do well to remember Operation Manta a decade and half ago, when SEPECAT Jaguars and Mirages destroyed Chad Air Force on the ground, shot down their MiG's and Tupolevs, and French Army decimated GUNT.

Gabon, Chad, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Senegal, the French are the most potent force in Africa.

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MALI'S army has taken back a key town from Islamist rebels aided by French air power, opening a dramatic new phase in the conflict that France's leader declared is a battle against terrorism.


International momentum to wrest northern Mali back from the control of al-Qa'ida-linked groups built after the French air raids helped reclaim the front-line town of Konna, with Burkina Faso, Niger and Senegal each pledging 500 troops to an African force tasked with regaining the north.

France's President Francois Hollande declared “Operation Serval” a success, saying French air power - deployed on Friday to stop the rebel onslaught - had “served to halt our adversaries,” and that the intervention had “only one goal which is the fight against terrorism.”

“Our foes have suffered heavy losses,” he said.

The battle left dozens of dead rebels strewn across the area, according to witnesses and the Malian military.








France's forces suffered one casualty, a pilot killed carrying out air raids, said French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Mr Hollande, who has struggled on the domestic front and seen his popularity hit record lows, said French forces would remain involved as long as necessary.
He sent the UN Security Council a letter asking to speed up plans to send a 3,300-strong African force into Mali.

Mr Hollande also said that following the intervention he had ordered tightened security at home, saying France “has to take all necessary precautions” in the face of a terrorist threat.

The collapse of a nation formerly seen as a democratic success story in the region has sparked fears that northern Mali could become a launchpad for global terrorist attacks.
The Malian army said it was in full control of Konna after spending much of yesterday flushing out the last pockets of resistance following the battle, one of the worst clashes since the start of the crisis and the most significant setback inflicted on the Islamists.

Insurgents seized the town - which is some 700 kilometres northeast of Bamako - on Thursday, threatening to advance on the capital.

US officials said Washington might support France's sudden military intervention.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said he welcomed the “military assistance France has provided to the Malian Government, at their request”, and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso praised the “courageous action by French troops”.
But Russia's Africa envoy, Mikhail Margelov, lashed out at the French move.
“African residents aside, no one else can or should solve the continent's problems,” Mr Margelov said.

Around 60 Islamists including women in veils protested outside the French embassy in London against the intervention, holding placards that read “French army, you will pay” and “Sharia is the only solution for Mali”.

Malian residents however thanked France for its support.
“The French really saved us,” said thirty-something Moussa Toure in Bamako - a remark echoed by others, including Mali's interim president, Dioncounda Traore.
France also said it had deployed troops in the capital to protect the former colonial ruler's 6,000-strong expatriate community.

The capital has remained under government control throughout the crisis, which erupted in the wake of a March 22 coup that ousted democratically elected president Amadou Toumani Toure, creating a power vacuum that allowed the Islamists to seize the vast desert north.

Since seizing the territory, about the size of France, the Islamists have destroyed centuries-old Muslim mausoleums they see as heretical and imposed an extreme form of Islamic law in the main towns, flogging, amputating and sometimes executing accused transgressors.

Mali's armed forces had been in disarray since the coup and seemed powerless against a rebellion of seasoned fighters, but France's shock intervention tipped the power balance.

“The helicopters struck the insurgents' vehicles, which dispersed,” a Malian military source said.

In the wake of the battle, West African nations sped up preparations to send troops to join the fight against the Islamists.

Ivory Coast's African Integration Minister Ally Coulibaly said the mission was being rapidly pushed forward and that the first troops could arrive as early as Sunday.
An unclear number of West African military personnel were already on the ground in Mali.

The UN security council has approved a 3,300-strong African force to help Mali defeat the rebels, but it had not been expected to deploy before September.
Mali's interim administration however warned it could not afford to wait months for a game-changer.

With the situation evolving rapidly, the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) announced late on Friday it had authorised the immediate deployment of troops.
AFP



Moderators can you plese delete the above post I messed up, the gremlins won AGAIN.:lol:

Knaur
01-13-2013, 06:43 AM
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/mali-french-air-strikes-drive-back-militants-042604050.html

Knaur
01-14-2013, 06:07 AM
http://www.itv.com/news/2013-01-12/dark-hours-for-france-marked-by-casualties-in-africa/

RIP, Warriors.

isayeret
01-14-2013, 01:32 PM
Urgent:islamist attack against malian town of Diabali

Elements of Al Qaeda sahelian branch,Aqim,Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb,are waging a violent attack against malian town of Diabali,center of the country,near mopti,near north,Abu Zeid there and says ready for martyrdom,details and map at www.cridem.org/C_Info.php?article=638530 (http://www.cridem.org/C_Info.php?article=638530)

isayeret
01-14-2013, 02:17 PM
Urgent:Senegal sending 500 troops in center and north mali

Senegalese president Sall says 500 senegalese troops on way to center and nort mali,www.cridem.org/C_Info.php?article=638537

isayeret
01-14-2013, 02:19 PM
togo sends too 500 troops,www.cridem.org/C_Info.php?article=638507

isayeret
01-14-2013, 02:19 PM
benin 300,www.cridem.org/C_Info.php?article=638497

Knaur
01-15-2013, 04:05 AM
OK USA is moving, logistics support -

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-terror-mali-20130115,0,4876209.story

Knaur
01-16-2013, 05:47 AM
Denmark supports French military operation in Northern Mali

http://um.dk/en/news/newsdisplaypage/?newsID=4A6C4012-FA76-467D-8E5F-5E5B1592ECDE

Knaur
01-16-2013, 05:59 AM
Here is a list of who's doing what -

France - 3000 troops in Operation Serval, 300 in Op Servier (Chad) including FFL, company of Marines, IFV's, 4th Heli Regt (SF) with Gazelle Gunships

6 Mirages, 4 Rafales, 2 tankers, 2 Mirage F1 CR Recce birds, 5 C135's en route

Nigeria - 1000 troops starting in 24 hours

Niger - 500 troops

Senegal - 500 troops

Togo - 500 troops

Burkina Faso - Border Patrols, 500 troops for direct combat

Benin - 300 troops as of now

Guinea - 150 troops

Chad - Troops en route, nos. unconfirmed

Denmark - C130 bird and personnel, 40 troops, role unconfirmed

U. K. - 2 C17, ground crew to service these and military advisors for Mali

Canada - C17 bird, personnel for same

Belgium - Transport birds expected soon

Germany - Logistics, not confirmed yet

Estonia - Military trainers to train Africans to NATO stds.

Algeria - Border patrol, overflight rights to France

Mauritinia- Border patrol, no troops

E.U. - Nothing before end of Feb., training personnel for African forces expected

U.S. - Zilch as of now, logistics and intel support expected, maybe something behind the scenes