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How come the jihadist knew their exact location?
Not paying for an escort (I do not mean the guides), is at your peril...disgrunted gaurds who were not given the employment, maybe?
Trust no local fud in these areas, as I have mentioned before
 

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Yep... President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (aka IBK) has relinquished power yesterday, following a mutiny in a military camp in Kati, near capital city Bamako. He had been struggling with various opposition movements and some of the high ranking officers of Malian Army for the last 6 months.
Funnily, that’s how IBK came to power in 2013, after former president Amadou Toumani Touré (aka ATT) was ousted after another mutiny in the same military camp. One more factor of uncertainty in a country plagued by armed jihadist groups...
 
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They (i'm not sure who exactly) have closed all the borders, so no getting in or out. It is worth noting the French military are spread out over 5 countries with Mali being centre stage.
 
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Mali coup leader was trained by U.S. military
Col. Assimi Goita appears during a televised broadcast Wednesday in Bamako, Mali. Goita says he’s now in charge of the West African country.
Col. Assimi Goita appears during a televised broadcast Wednesday in Bamako, Mali. Goita says he’s now in charge of the West African country. (ORTM TV/AP)
By Danielle Paquette
August 21, 2020 at 11:32 AM EDT
DAKAR, Senegal — The military officer who declared himself in charge of Mali after leading a coup that ousted the West African nation's president this week received training from the United States, the Pentagon said Friday.

Col. Assimi Goita, who emerged Thursday as the head of the junta in power, worked for years with U.S. Special Operations forces focused on fighting extremism in West Africa. He spoke regularly with U.S. troops and attended U.S.-led training exercises, said officers from both countries, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
 

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H 225 Caracal ...to be added to the equipment and materials thread, merci !
 
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Two soldiers of the French Barkhane force were killed in operation Saturday in Mali "after the destruction of their armored vehicle by an improvised explosive device", announced the Elysee in a statement, adding that a third soldier had been wounded in the 'explosion.
Two soldiers of the French force Barkhane au Sahel, of the 1st parachute hussar regiment of Tarbes, were killed in operation Saturday in Mali by the explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED) as their armored vehicle passed, announced the 'Elysium.
"The President of the Republic learned with great emotion of the death of two French soldiers, Brigadier-Chief First Class ST and Hussar Parachutist First Class Arnaud Volpe, after the destruction of their armored vehicle by an improvised explosive device , this morning during an operation in the region of Tessalit in Mali, "the presidency said in a statement, adding that a third soldier was injured in the explosion.


45 French soldiers have died in Mali since 2013
"The President of the Republic bows with deep respect in front of the sacrifice of these soldiers of the 1st regiment of parachute hussars of Tarbes, died for France in the accomplishment of their mission against terrorism in the Sahel", added the Elysée who, at the request of the family, did not publish the name of one of the two soldiers killed.
Operation Barkhane counts around 5,100 soldiers. In total, 45 French soldiers, including the two soldiers killed on Saturday, died in combat in operations Serval (2013) and Barkhane (since 2014), according to the general staff. A count that does not include accidents.

Expressing his "very sincere condolences to their families, relatives and all their brothers in arms", Emmanuel Macron again called "for the immediate establishment of a civil political transition in Mali, in accordance with the expectations of its people, of all the countries which support it, and a sine qua non for an effective fight against terrorists ".

sorry about that Ossie O. I was preoccupied with my Channel only just noticed it this morning.
 

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How come the jihadist knew their exact location?
Not paying for an escort (I do not mean the guides), is at your peril...disgrunted gaurds who were not given the employment, maybe?
Trust no local fud in these areas, as I have mentioned before
Never never trust those bastards
 
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It is interesting to see the "boots on the ground" stats. :ROFLMAO:
At least when you join, you'll know that if you stay in a combat company, there is a strong chance of you getting a 4 month tour over there.
 
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