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Old 01-16-2013, 04:59 AM
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Gentlemen,

France neeeds us right now, UK and US is offering limited logistic support but its French boots on the ground and warplanes in the air at this stage mainly, with help of some small no. of African forces right now.

The media is glaringly silent on a full fledged war going on in Sahel, let's stand firmly behind France at this stage and spread awareness about the crap they are fighting right now.

The downfall of various regimes has further weaponised these Al Queda types, they are turning Sahara into a new Afghanistan with impunity.

France has stabbed us in the back before, but at the moment they are fighting for a cause that benefits us all if successful and dooms us all if unsuccessful too.

Vive La France!
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Here is a list of who's doing what -

France - 3000 troops in Operation Serval, 300 in Op Servier (Chad) including FFL, company of Marines, IFV's, 4th Heli Regt (SF) with Gazelle Gunships

6 Mirages, 4 Rafales, 2 tankers, 2 Mirage F1 CR Recce birds, 5 C135's en route

Nigeria - 1000 troops starting in 24 hours

Burkina Faso - Border Patrols, 500 troops for direct combat

Niger - 500 troops

Senegal - 500 troops

Togo - 500 troops

Benin - 300 troops as of now

Guinea - 150 troops

Denmark - C130 bird and personnel, 40 troops, role unconfirmed

Chad - Troops en route, nos. unconfirmed

U. K. - 2 C17, ground crew to service these and military advisors for Mali

Canada - C17 bird, personnel for same

Belgium - Transport birds expected soon

Germany - Logistics, not confirmed yet

Estonia - Military trainers to train Africans to NATO stds. soon

Algeria - Border patrol, overflight rights to France

Mauritinia- Border patrol, no troops

E.U. - Nothing before end of Feb., training personnel for African forces expected

U.S. - Zilch as of now, logistics and intel support expected, maybe something behind the scenes
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I ll be damned, Canada and Estonia are doing more than USA and EU right now.
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Also in Operation Serval, 10 Sagaies, 20 VAB. 20 VBL/PVP from Abidjain (French), one An-124 apparently bringing in troops and assets of 1st Recce Regt, FFL.

21st Marine Regiment in Senegal is holding Fwd HQ, additional half dozen Puma and some Tigres in addition to the Gazelles.
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Anyone has latest ORBAT of any combatants, feel free to post here.
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It feels weird to stand behind the French. Can anyone trust France in a time of need? I agree it is important that the French win this battle against the terrorists... but how can you trust the French?
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Shalom.

Just curious about the posting of troop stengths. Is that something that should be done on a fairly open forum? Are these numbers common knowledge?

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Yes, open source, I'd never post anything classified, but I understand your caution!

I am very curious to see opposition numbers, they have SAM's for certain, I know French birds are being targetted.
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Garpk,

All I'v posted about French till now have been jokes, they did very little contribution so far, but we are in this together, we swim together or sink together, and they're fighting hard in a hard place indeed.

Last year William Hague had this thing on a social networking website where they invited contributor questions, I asked them about their strategy to combat the threat emerging in Africa from the fall of Arabic regimes and got no reply, an year on, one wonders what could have been had they did something back then than twiddling their thumbs.
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Major land offensive underway in Diabaly, French ground troops are in thick of fire.
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France, Germany and Italy: Terrorists in Mali must go

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/16/world/mali-unrest/
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Six reasons events in Mali matter

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/16/world/africa/mali-six-reasons/index.html
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Belgium has confired 75 troops, two transporters, two medevacs and relevant personnel.

USA is still sitting on the fence.
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Is there no Churchillian orator to declare, that "From Mali to Bali, we shall not shilly-shally!"
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That's a good rhyme, to waste it would be a crime!
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France, Germany and Italy: Terrorists in Mali must go

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/16/world/mali-unrest/
How ironic these three WWII screw-ups are getting gung-ho all of the sudden, particularly since it's a well known fact their countries have been overrun with Islamic scumbags the last few years.
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How ironic these three WWII screw-ups are getting gung-ho all of the sudden, particularly since it's a well known fact their countries have been overrun with Islamic scumbags the last few years.
They are doing far better than USA and others in this fight.

France is willing to shed blood to get rid of these Jihadis.
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Here is a list of who's doing what -

France - 3000 troops in Operation Serval, 300 in Op Servier (Chad) including FFL, company of Marines, IFV's, 4th Heli Regt (SF) with Gazelle Gunships

6 Mirages, 4 Rafales, 2 tankers, 2 Mirage F1 CR Recce birds, 5 C135's en route

Nigeria - 1000 troops starting in 24 hours

Burkina Faso - Border Patrols, 500 troops for direct combat

Niger - 500 troops

Senegal - 500 troops

Togo - 500 troops

Benin - 300 troops as of now

Guinea - 150 troops

Denmark - C130 bird and personnel, 40 troops, role unconfirmed

Chad - Troops en route, nos. unconfirmed

U. K. - 2 C17, ground crew to service these and military advisors for Mali

Canada - C17 bird, personnel for same

Belgium - Transport birds expected soon

Germany - Logistics, not confirmed yet

Estonia - Military trainers to train Africans to NATO stds. soon

Algeria - Border patrol, overflight rights to France

Mauritinia- Border patrol, no troops

E.U. - Nothing before end of Feb., training personnel for African forces expected

U.S. - Zilch as of now, logistics and intel support expected, maybe something behind the scenes
Under whose command and organization is this massive cornucopia of bodies and equipment? Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me as well as years too late for my tastes. At least it's nice to see someone else doing the fighting for a change instead of the usual suspects.
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When the Swiss Grenadiers commit, I'll stand up and cheer.

Indeed, who is coordinating all this, and what are the engagement order, and goals?

Though big transport planes do give it an element of seriousness.
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They are doing far better than USA and others in this fight.

France is willing to shed blood to get rid of these Jihadis.
When it suits the French agenda and not before. Let's just leave it at that, Knaur. Stop uttering nonsense. .. I expect much better from you. The crack about "shedding blood" isn't even worth responding to and suggest you look at US casualty figures to see who has shed blood and who hasn't so far.
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