January 15, 2013
Fwance: We'll Beat al-Qaeda in Mali in Week
French forces led an all-night bombing campaign over a minuscule Malian town, not even big enough to appear on most administrative maps, in an effort to dislodge the Islamic extremists who seized the area, including its strategic military camp.You know, the French eventually did figure out who the enemy is. That's good for something I guess. Vive La France!
Meanwhile, a convoy of 40 to 50 armed trucks carrying French troops crossed into Mali from Ivory Coast, where they were stationed, as France prepares for a possible land assault.
French President Francois Hollande launched an attack on Mali's rebels, who are linked to al Qaeda, last week after the rebels began advancing south. France's action preempted a United Nations-approved plan for a military operation in Mali, which was expected to start about nine months from now. Hollande decided a military response could not wait that long.
Obama has also committed to help Hollande clean up the mess in Mali. I mean after all they made it. We can't have it turning out like say Libya now can we?