/ French did well in Mali?

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MikeTS - on 04 Feb 2013
Went it, didn't wait for African peace keepers to get their act together, cleared out Al Qaeda in 3 weeks from North Mali. Much to the happiness of the locals it seems.
James90 - on 04 Feb 2013
In reply to MikeTS:

so were lead to believe, If the reports are true then well done to them but im always suspicious that we see what they want us to see, most journalists have an ajenda.
Bob Hughes - on 04 Feb 2013
doz generale - on 04 Feb 2013
In reply to MikeTS:

i wonder where they will turn up next?
dissonance - on 04 Feb 2013
In reply to MikeTS:

Iraq was nice and quick too. Soon rolled over Saddam and then everything was sorted.
Eric9Points - on 04 Feb 2013
In reply to MikeTS:

Fine as far as it goes. I wonder if the arseholes they've been chasing out of the Mali towns are the same as those that got chased out of Somalia.

The next step is to get the Mali Government into some serious negotiations with the Taureg who've been fighting a guerilla was with them since independence. If they can come to an accommodation with the Taureg then AQ in Mali are finished.
tolly_60 - on 04 Feb 2013
The very same way ISAF cleared them out of Afghanistan in the early 2000's. Al Qaeda aren't stupid enough to go toe to toe with a professional army. All that will happen is they melt into the desert and start a Guerilla campaign that will last another decade.

Probably the main reason Cameron doesn't want British troops there.
Eric9Points - on 04 Feb 2013
In reply to talbot_60:
> The very same way ISAF cleared them out of Afghanistan in the early 2000's. Al Qaeda aren't stupid enough to go toe to toe with a professional army. All that will happen is they melt into the desert and start a Guerilla campaign that will last another decade.
>

a) Not without the support of the local people (Taureg).
b) You've checked out that part of the world on Google Earth?

Graeme Alderson on 04 Feb 2013
In reply to MikeTS: They didn't do so well in italy though :-)

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