Opération “Barkhane”

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It’s been announced today that the reinforcements of Opération Barkhane will finally be 600 additional troops, bringing the total to 5,100. The Chadians will send one additional battalion and the Czech 60 special forces as part of the European special forces group “Tabuka” that Macron is trying to convince his counterparts to participate in.
 
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French soldiers killed more than 30 Islamist militants during three operations over the past two days, the French army disclosed Friday.
 

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I have said exactly that..if any one takes the time to read my post s on MY thread
Not just Mali and the Barkhane intervention...
The so called Jihadists, are the same kind of nuggets you find in the sub Sahara, robbing / plundering and raping, evry where they go !
Like in the ex Jugo...
The Jihad is a pretext... That costs France une petite fortune (1 billion €, approx, per year).
But if we did not have, la Barkhane, what would be the point for the most of us for being here...
Okay, i get it...you like our uniformes and képis
 

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I have said exactly that..if any one takes the time to read my post s on MY thread
Not just Mali and the Barkhane intervention...
The so called Jihadists, are the same kind of nuggets you find in the sub Sahara, robbing / plundering and raping, evry where they go !
Like in the ex Jugo...
You just have to put Jugo? What that bad happen to you here so it scar you for life?
No its not same, its complement different. "robbing / plundering and raping" it's common for all wars.
If you think that France doesn't charge any of money spent on African campaigns, you must be very naive.
 

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A must read
Source : Ouest - France
L' Ambassadeur du Mali in France dénonce le comportement des soldats de la Légion étrangère... sic 2 REP. Will leave the translation to Rapace

Some Malians want the French out and the Russians to replace them... If this happens, it might be a joint venture with the Turks...
Re: the 2 Serbian alleged journalists arrested and expelled from Mali a while back, probably set up the anti-French resentment
Bump.
 

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The article Petit caporal mentioned:
https://www.ouest-france.fr/monde/mali/l-ambassadeur-du-mali-en-france-denonce-le-comportement-des-soldats-de-la-legion-etrangere-6754029
I didn't understand the whole message, but it seems to be a bit... fuzzy. It mentions heavily tattooed soldiers and excesses, but doesn't go into detail.
This has some official reactions in it.
Good article.
I suppose that in some countries the populace might find tattoos offensive. However the minister is being rather picky. He should understand that tattoos are to be found in almost all militaries.
 

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If the anti-French sentiments are founded or not...
I sniff a Russian ingerence
The 2 Serbian (pseudo) journalistes arrested recently in Mali, were for some real reason
We all know that Serbia and Russia have strong ties
Most of the 2 REP are Ruskiephones...
Some petty chit going on here, for a couple of tattoos
Its not as if the REP, or any other Légion is patrolling Bamako, the capital, every day and night
Legion are mostly stationed in the out posts, doing guard and convoy escortes, or doing S.F. chit
Will survey this nonsense !
 
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When the ambassador is talking about “les Pigalles de Bamako” is he comparing a quarter of Bamako to Pigalle in Paris? Surely not. Bamako is a sh$t hole. I could not for the life of me even think where the Legion might go for ANY form of R&R, except maybe the bars of the big hotels which are really expensive.
As for the blacks not being happy with France, they were not happy when I was first there. A G4S driver who was driving Erika to the supermarket was listening to the radio in Bambara. He said that the presenter was telling the Malians that it was the fault of the French 'toubabo' that their country is infected by the ebola virus.
If the Mali population would prefer the Russians to the French, let them have it. With all the money that France pours into the country, they are better off with out it. It's not as though it is a strategic position being a land locked country in North West Africa :coffee:. All the country's natural wealth such as gold and other precious minerals and metals is being exploited by foreigners. The Aussies and more recently the Chinese are taking all the profits home.
They hate the French. Even their pathetic army is trained by the Germans. Whenever something goes wrong they take to the streets to protest against the French. Their embassy is like a fortress.
 

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When the ambassador is talking about"les Pigalles de Bamako". Is he comparing a quatrier of Bamako to to les Pigalles in Paris? Surely not. Bamako is a sh$t hole. I could not for the life of me even think where the legion might go for ANY form of R&R, except maybe the bars of the big hotels which are really expensive.
As for the blacks not being happy with France, they were not happy when I was first there. A G4S driver who was driving Erika to the supermarket was listening to the radio in Bambara. He said that the presenter was telling the Malians that it was the fault of the French 'toubabo' that their country is infected by the ebola virus.
If the Mali population would prefer the Russians to the French, let them have it. With all the money that France pours into the country, they are better off with out it. It's not as though it is a strategic position being a land locked country in North West Africa :coffee:. All the country's natural wealth such as gold and other precious minerals and metals is being exploited by foreigners. The Aussies and more recently the Chinese are taking all the profits home.
They hate the French. Even their pathetic army is trained by the Germans. Whenever something goes wrong they take to the streets to protest against the French. Their embassy is like a fortress.
Don't get mad at them Joe. They just don't know for better. And probably many of their politicians putting blame on France for all kind of crap and people happily accepting that. They would see cruel reality if France withdraw completely from there for let say ... 5 y.
I would not agree that France have nothing from that relationship, but Malians getting some too for sure.
 

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Mali has a military / security pacte signed with Russia, belive me or not.
 

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In that article it says that Macron has denounced “foreign powers” for stirring up anti-French sentiments amid reports that Russian paramilitaires were increasingly active in Sahel (me remembers telling you all, not such a long time ago, about a couple of Serbian spies, probably working for the Ruskies... My version is still standing its ground well). I have my alert max Radar tuned on a certain forum member troll, who has ragged nails, from working petty jobs for 20€ per day, my arse !
 
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In that article it says that Macron has denounced “foreign powers” for stirring up anti-French sentiments amid reports that Russian paramilitaires were increasingly active in Sahel (me remembers telling you all, not such a long time ago, about a couple of Serbian spies, probably working for the Ruskies... My version is still standing its ground well). I have my alert max Radar tuned on a certain forum member troll, who has ragged nails, from working petty jobs for 20€ per day, my arse !
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When the ambassador is talking about “les Pigalles de Bamako” is he comparing a quarter of Bamako to Pigalle in Paris? (...)
I guess the expression “Les Pigalle de Bamako” simply means the (kind of) “red light district(s)” of the Malian capital city. In the article, the ambassador of Mali in France is basically complaining about the general behaviour/attitude of the legionnaires, I guess when they are on quartier libre in the city, but he doesn't mention specific details. Maybe he (and/or the population) consider that they are making too much noise, drinking too much and being a bit provocative. Anyway, nothing really new.
 
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