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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:31 PM

 

France launches air strikes in Mali against Islamist rebels

Source: Reuters

PARIS/BAMAKO - France carried out air strikes against Islamist rebels in Mali on Friday as it began a military intervention intended to halt a drive southward by the militants who control the country's desert north.

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

President Francois Hollande said France would not stand by to watch the rebels push southward. Paris, the leading advocate for foreign intervention in Mali, has repeatedly warned that Islamists' seizure of the country's north in April gave them a base to attack the West.

"We are faced with blatant aggression that is threatening Mali's very existence. France cannot accept this," Hollande said in a New Year speech to diplomats and journalists.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/11/us-mali-rebels-idUSBRE90912Q20130111

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Reply France launches air strikes in Mali against Islamist rebels (Original post)
UnrepentantLiberal Jan 2013 OP
Posteritatis Jan 2013 #1
UnrepentantLiberal Jan 2013 #2
Posteritatis Jan 2013 #3
UnrepentantLiberal Jan 2013 #5
Posteritatis Jan 2013 #6
Alamuti Lotus Jan 2013 #7
Posteritatis Jan 2013 #8
samsingh Jan 2013 #4

Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:55 PM

1. Huh, that's moving more quickly than I thought

Military intervention Was Going To Happen, but up until a couple weeks ago people were talking about a timescale of six months or so.

Though I think it was only a couple of days ago that the Malian government outright called for immediate help.

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Response to Posteritatis (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:59 PM

2. It doesn't take a lot of preparation to launch air strikes.

 

They did it pretty quickly in Libya.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 06:02 PM

3. Libya was at least several days of lead-up, though

This is less than a day after Mali requested direct intervention from the French, so it's still pretty quick.

Either way, up until a week or two ago people were talking about March or even June before even that was going to happen.

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Response to Posteritatis (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 06:04 PM

5. They probably decided that the rebels would have had too much of a foothold by then.

 

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 06:09 PM

6. That's definitely true. (nt)

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Response to Posteritatis (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 09:09 PM

7. there was a certain sense of urgency that appeared since then

 

The puppet gov't launched attacks on some of the territory in the north to regain it for the military regime, but were repulsed. The Islamist forces responded by taking another city on the border territory just recently. The French are worried about the investment in their gold and uranium mines (the profits from which, of course, do not benefit the people of Mali), so sped up the timetable of foreign invasion. Shame on France for their aggression, but given their brutal and exploitative history in Africa, such shameful campaigns can really be expected.

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Response to Alamuti Lotus (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 09:25 PM

8. That's certainly one take on it, I suppose. (nt)

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 06:03 PM

4. good for France

they will save a lot of innocent lives

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