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#1 Isaac MatthewII

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:47 PM

http://www.reuters.c...E90H1B920130118


Many experts now believe the sight of a former colonial power leading unprepared West African armies into war against Islamists in Mali could spark similar attacks across a swathe of smaller, more vulnerable nations to the south.

Islamist fighters who escape the French onslaught are likely to scatter, with some remaining in Mali to fight a guerilla-style war while others trickle across its porous borders into countries where pockets of radicalism already exist.

"This could lead to frustration amongst Muslims towards the French," said young Senegalese man Adama Sall, leaving afternoon prayers at a mosque in the Senegalese capital Dakar.



Apparently at this point a lot of NATO countries including the US and UK may get involved.

#2 The Disco Commandant

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:50 PM

it was inevitable. France, like most of Europe, doesn't have the ability to deal with this kind of threat by itself.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:52 PM

How much oil is in Mali?

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:57 PM

How much oil is in Mali?

Almost none, but there is a large amount of gold. Timbuktu was the center of the salt-gold trade that existed in Northern Africa for centuries.

Edited by KaiserMelech Mikhail, 18 January 2013 - 05:58 PM.


#5 Isaac MatthewII

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:00 PM

How much oil is in Mali?


What you did there....I see it.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:28 PM

that's the problem with these islamists. If you kick their asses in conventional war they turn guerrilla and it becomes a cat and mouse game.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:52 PM

France has it covered. Never thought I would say that.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:53 PM

I would not be too keen to helping the French (as an American) even if they needed it.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:25 PM

I would not be too keen to helping the French (as an American) even if they needed it.

Al Qaeda is not only a French problem, you know.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 02:27 AM

France has it covered. Never thought I would say that.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21077137
They're looking good so far, early days yet.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:00 AM

France has it covered. Never thought I would say that.

France know how to fight a war. They always have done.

I would not be too keen to helping the French (as an American) even if they needed it.

Please hand back your independence.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:28 AM

Its not tensions, rather its a war.

French will have much problems, as they are fighting veteran jihadist from wars in Iraq, Afgan, Libya with the hardware taken from the Libya civil war.
As this naturally escalate, mobility capabilities of the US military will be asked for to support the effort, if not later on more. They will give it, as Mali was until this intervention on a clear road to become an Al Qaeda controlled country.

I would not be too keen to helping the French (as an American) even if they needed it.

That is hilarious.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:31 AM

Is it bad that I read the news article as "Mail crisis" and thought it was about the USPS?

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 12:17 PM

I would not be too keen to helping the French (as an American) even if they needed it.

Hi. Why not?

Edited by Lord of the Port, 19 January 2013 - 12:17 PM.


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Posted 19 January 2013 - 12:40 PM

What a wasted opportunity. Dave shows once again what an incompetent fool he is, does he not see this is the prime time to sell our military hardware to those rebels out there with wealthy backers? We'd be saving, no, CREATING jobs by getting our gear out there and making a pretty penny while at it. Those groups need those weapons to protect them from invading powers and we have the goods.

Edited by Rozalia, 19 January 2013 - 12:40 PM.


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Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:06 AM

Hi. Why not?


Don't you know, if its more than about 50 years old it isn't a fair argument according to the BR liberals.

#17 KaiserMelech Mikhail

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:16 AM

Don't you know, if its more than about 50 years old it isn't a fair argument according to the BR liberals.

Did you seriously just call isaac a liberal?

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:54 AM

Did you seriously just call isaac a liberal?


What gave you that idea?

#19 KaiserMelech Mikhail

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 03:53 AM

What gave you that idea?

The fact that you said that if it's more than 50 years old it's not a thingy against boiler room liberals. Since the link was being used against isaac, it would mean that you think isaac is a liberal, while in reality he is painfully conservative.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 04:31 AM

The fact that you said that if it's more than 50 years old it's not a thingy against boiler room liberals. Since the link was being used against isaac, it would mean that you think isaac is a liberal, while in reality he is painfully conservative.


No, there have been several posts by liberals in the BR that dismissed historical arguments for being irrelevant because they were old. I wasn't calling anyone conservative or liberal in my post, I am just pushing for consistency.




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