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Hmmm...what say you? Looks like Libya has backfired on the world. Hopefully this is ended soon, but with the weapons these 'rebels' have, and knowing the French, I think it's going to go on for quite a while. Let's all hope the French have the nuts to finish the job.


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BAMAKO, Mali (AP) French fighter jets bombed rebel targets in a major city in Mali's north Sunday, pounding the airport as well as training camps, warehouses and buildings used by the al-Qaida-linked Islamists controlling the area, officials and residents said.

Now in its third-day, the French-led effort to take back Mali's north from the extremists began with airstrikes by combat helicopters in the small town of Konna. It has grown to a coordinated attack by state-of-the-art fighter jets which have bombarded at least five towns, of which Gao, which was attacked Sunday afternoon, is the largest.

More than 400 French troops have been deployed to the country in the all-out effort to win back the territory from the well-armed rebels, who seized control of an area larger than France nine months ago. What began as a French offensive has now grown to include seven other countries, including logistical support from the U.S. and Europe. The United States is providing communications and transport help, while Britain is sending C17 aircrafts to help Mali's allies transport troops to the frontlines.

The Islamists, including three separate rebel groups, all of which have either direct or indirect ties to al-Qaida, are armed with weapons stolen from the abandoned arsenal of ex-Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. They are also in possession of the weapons left behind by Mali's army, which abandoned the north in the face of the rebel advance last April. The fighters managed to seize the territory in the north after a military coup led to political turmoil in the once-stable nation of 15.8 million last March.

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Im just glad its someone besides us doing this crap.
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History says France will fail and we will finish their job.
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I think France is a little more capable of handling the situation today, but you still notice that US and British forces are watching there every move.
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Originally Posted by vundy33 View Post
Hmmm...what say you? Looks like Libya has backfired on the world. Hopefully this is ended soon, but with the weapons these 'rebels' have, and knowing the French, I think it's going to go on for quite a while. Let's all hope the French have the nuts to finish the job.
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/least...tary-operation

I believe France has always been "capable"......see the bolded statement.
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