The French, yes The French, are Fighting al-Qaeda in Mali

Pinch me…… This is not a typo, the French, as in France, the country of, are using fighter jets to attack al-Qaeda in North Africa.    The French are engaged in active military operations against Islamists in Mali.   Did I mention this is France doing this…..

Who would have thought that France would be fighting al-Qaeda and the United States would be providing al-Qaeda weapons (Syria) while claiming they are gone.  All the while an American Abassador is dragged through the streets and al-Qaeda flags hoisted atop U.S. embassies, and we do……..  ?

John Kerry for Secretary of State, Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary, Jack Lew for Treasury and John O Brennan for CIA Director….   Sheeesh…. Wake me up in five years,… but only if I can still buy asprin with dollars.

undefined(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.

France, warning that the control of northern Mali by the militants posed a security threat to Europe, intervened dramatically on Friday as heavily armed Islamist fighters swept southwards towards Mali’s capital Bamako.

Under cover from French fighter planes and attack helicopters, Malian troops routed a rebel convoy and drove the Islamists out of the strategic central town of Konna, which they had seized on Thursday. A senior army officer in the capital Bamako said more than 100 rebel fighters had been killed.

A French pilot died on Friday when rebels shot down his helicopter near the town of Mopti. Hours after opening one front against al Qaeda-linked Islamists, France mounted a commando raid to try to rescue a French hostage held by al Shabaab militants in Somalia, also allied to al Qaeda, but failed to prevent the hostage being killed.  (more)

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24 Responses to The French, yes The French, are Fighting al-Qaeda in Mali

  1. canadacan says:

    In the last couple of years, French armed forces have gotten involved in the number of incidents like this

    The French have taken serious action against the pirate problem in the Mideast and North Africa.

    The French don’t mess around with the Islamic problem back home either. it would be nice if the United States could borrow a page from the way the French government is generally handled Islamic terrorist problem. I have had a tendency to be like Bart Simpson I.e. cheese eating surrender monkeys.

    But right now all I can think of the singing of the French national anthem in Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca.

    Once again fate has taken a hand. Vive la France. Vive la liberte. At least some effort was made to protect and go after the killers of their own.


    • canadacan says:

      That should read the French have taken serious action. these are more than incidents they are well planned courses of reprisal and control. I think I’ll be like Humphrey Bogart go off with Claude Rains and join the French Resistance.
      FIFY. ;) Admin

    • Tino says:

      The French are indeed keen on fighting when their interests in former colonies require intervention. The French have quite professional military and special forces, and they’re using them without the PC crap ingraned into the US forces.

      Feel free to bash the French, especially the current antisemitism that the Jewish leadership of France is partly blamed for importing the Muslims.( Feel free to correct me but wasn’t it Sarkozy that wanted to make SURE that millions of muslims STAY in europe..

      The same crap is happeniing in Norway, Sweden, Demark, Germany, Holland … and Russia. It has been predicted that in thirty years majority of “Russians” are muslim thanks to Saudis building thousands of mosques to Russia.

      You need to live in France to comprehend the people, as you need to live in the US the comprehend the people here.And, never confuse the people with the government.

      P.S. As to Mali, who cares except Madonna?


  2. BertDilbert says:

    The French need a distraction to keep the people from talking about the crappy economy and the rich French fleeing for Russia for that 11% tax rate.

    • Sharon says:

      And the Islamists are sort of running and ruining France for the actual French residents who considered it their home country….that might be something else they’re not too keen about having spotlights on at the moment.

    • canadacan says:

      Whatever works, I’m a pragmatist.

    • ZurichMike says:

      Perhaps the result of this is partially a distraction about the economy, but there is a growing backlash against Muslims in Europe *because* of the economy, starting in Germany and now in France. I think the good and true citizens of Europe are sick and tired of the islamofascist, welfare-sucking, anti-western, misogynistic, backward neanderthals that have stooped in Europe’s capitals foisting their hatred, stupidity, and barbaric cult traditions on the rest of us.

      • Sharon says:

        On 7-18-2012, Gatestone Institute published a piece about what is happening in France:

        ….anti-Jewish violence during the previous weeks….during the first five months of 2012, already 268 incidents of hatred against Jews have been reported. In certain neighborhoods of Paris, Marseille or Lyon it is no longer safe for Jews to walk the streets….While the culprits of anti-Semitic acts are predominantly Muslims, analysts point out that there are some unsettling similarities with the European anti-Semitism of the 1930s.

        What Hitler was doing for religious and racial reasons, to forcibly exclude those who didn’t “measure up” to the Aryan ideal, French political correctness has initiated in the name of forcible religious inclusion–as they capitulate to Islam.

        In both cases, the Jews are targeted. Considered the enemy of the state, considered dispensable by the state and the culture.

      • canadacan says:

        You are in the unique position of having first hand experience of this

  3. lovemygirl says:

    It seems very strange indeed that France and Russia are becoming more like what the USA used to be and we more like the former USSR.

    • ZurichMike says:

      Good point.

      • canadacan says:

        Remember that horse’s ass Joe Kennedy going to Saint James court And saying everything was going to be hunky dory with the Germans. The representative of a socialist government Under FDR.
        The formation of the German bunds In the US for the poor misunderstood German government.hello.

        • ZurichMike says:

          The liberals only clamored for the US to get involved in WWII when Hitler attacked the liberals’ best friend Joseph Stalin.

  4. BertDilbert says:

    Lovemygirl, you might have that a little mixed up a bit. We are becoming more like France (socialist). Russia is now looking attractive. There is no cure for France..

    • lovemygirl says:

      I haven’t paid much attention to France’s recent elections, so I don’t know if the Conservatives have gained any ground. I plead ignorance. :)

  5. howie says:

    We are past the declining stage and are now in free fall.

  6. elvischupacabra says:

    You can bet that leading the French forces are the Foreign Legion, which these days includes a lot of eastern Europeans, especially Serbs and Croats. They also don’t mess around when they fight: no silly ROE’s or legal machinations.

    If nothing else, the French are pragmatists.

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