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  • Mali Conflict

    By Aaron Maasho | Reuters – 1 hr 33 mins ago

    ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - An African plan for military intervention in Mali to help government troops reclaim territory from Islamist militants will be ready within weeks, the head of the African Union (AU) said on Wednesday.
    Mali remains paralyzed by twin crises, with the leadership in Bamako still divided since a March coup that toppled the president and the occupation of the north of the country by Islamic militants.
    http://news.yahoo.com/mali-war-plan-...181025050.html
    Last edited by GCoyote; 15 Jan 13, 09:05.
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    African Union backs military campaign plan to end Islamist control of break-away nort

    Not a large force but a step in the right direction.

    The AU endorsed the decision by ECOWAS, an organization of West African countries, which, on Sunday, finalized and approved plans to send 3,300 troops to help Mali’s government take over the region and reunite the country.
    http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire....way-north-mali
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    • #3
      First see, than believe
      BoRG

      You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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      • #4
        Shouldn't have to wait long for the first signs. The French say they will have first 200 troops on the gound to begin UAV monitering. France, Germany, Poland, Italy and Spain are meeting to supposed to be meeting to coordinate logistics and air support.

        Algeria is now on board and between them and newly added South Africa will increase the size of the intervention force by 1300 men. Having Algeria more active along Mali's border will be useful. They may not allow basing in their territory but even overflights will be helpful.

        The UN and the EU are onboard as are most of Mali's neighbors. On the bad side it is felt the force will require at least six months of training before deployment. On the plus side it appears the Al-Queda factions have alienated black Muslims and Tuaregs and some of these are now negotiating possible support of the intervention force.

        Of course I have seen most of this only on Strategypage.com without any other listed sources.
        "Put guards on all the roads, and don't let the men run to the rear."
        Major General John Buford's final words on his deathbed.

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        • #5
          Some on the BBC website http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20315423

          US outlets are still wrapped up in domestic politics.
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          • #6
            Mali's Mujao Islamists and rebels in battle for control

            16 November 2012 Last updated at 19:40 ET

            The rebels said they launched an offensive against the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (Mujao) group, but they were later repelled, AFP news agency reported.
            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20369276
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            • #7
              Mali: Armed Intervention in Mali Risks Worsening the Crisis

              21 DECEMBER 2012
              Amnesty International (London) PRESS RELEASE

              "An international armed intervention is likely to increase the scale of human rights violations we are already seeing in this conflict," said Salvatore Sagučs, Amnesty International's researcher on West Africa
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              • #8
                so Amnesty wants us to all ignore the problem. Really they need a life over there.
                you think you a real "bleep" solders you "bleep" plastic solders don't wory i will make you in to real "bleep" solders!! "bleep" plastic solders

                CPO Mzinyati

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                • #9
                  Canada might be joining the multinational effort in Mali.

                  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...rticle6802490/

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                  • #10
                    France launches military operation in Mali

                    By Alexandria Sage and Tiemoko Diallo | Reuters – 34 mins ago

                    PARIS/BAMAKO (Reuters) - France's armed forces began a military intervention in Mali on Friday to help the government stem a push south by Islamist rebels who control much of the north, President Francois Hollande said.
                    http://news.yahoo.com/mali-islamists...020417886.html
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                    • #11
                      Received a warning order from the NLD MOD that my status may be changed from reserve to active as a staffer for operations in Mali due to my experience as a diplomat in the region
                      BoRG

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                      • #12
                        Things are heating up - reports of one or two Transall transport aircraft making round trips between Mali and Tchad (where French troops are based). I believe the troops are of 2e REP (FFL). Already aircraft strikes against Islamists.

                        Minutes ago from RadioFrance, a report states that one French helicopter pilot has been killed.

                        http://www.english.rfi.fr/
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                        -General Charles de Gaulle

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                        • #13
                          Cheering for France for just doing it.

                          I was very concerned that this would grow out of control before anybody would make a stand.

                          I mean we wouldn't stand by and see gangs in LA grow and grow in a wartime manner for a year before we cracked down.

                          Any information about how much of this is carried by the foreign legion?

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                          • #14
                            21e RIMA (marines) and 2e RIMA are also fighting there.
                            "To hell wars Grudges and parties ! As our fathers Sing in real friends, The clink of glasses Roses and lilies. The clink of glasses Roses and lilies."

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                            • #15
                              France bombs Mali rebels, African states ready troops

                              By Bate Felix and John Irish
                              BAMAKO/PARIS | Sat Jan 12, 2013 6:01pm EST
                              (Reuters) - French aircraft pounded Islamist rebels in Mali for a second day on Saturday and neighboring West African states sped up their plans to deploy troops in an international campaign to prevent groups linked to al Qaeda expanding their power base.
                              More - http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...90912Q20130112
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