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January 11, 2013

American- *cough* *cough* French Troops Arrive in Mali

I have a long series about trans-Saharan smuggling and terrorism en route but this is one of those times when reality has jumped the gun on me.  The fear is that the Jihadists will carve out a belt of terrorism in the Sahel (Arabic for shore) just to the south of the Sahara desert.  One of the problems preventing the West from cleaning up this mess is that AQIM is holding French hostages.  Well, things are going to get cleaned up one way or the other, but maybe not the way that you think. -Jack

French troops have arrived in Mali amid a rapid escalation of international efforts to intervene in the country, where Islamist groups are continuing to clash with the army for control of the desert north.

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is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he graduated from Columbia with a BA in political science. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, Direct Action, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.

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  • MattRM

    @ArcticWarrior  @RVN SF VET Rid the region of terrorists?  Quite a lofty goal, especially for France.  They'd have better luck ridding Kim Kardashian of herpes.


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  • RedWanderer

    "But kudos to France for having the stones to throw lead."   Roger that.  Which I was surprised to see them do.

  • ArcticWarrior

    @RedWanderer  FFL are hard dudes, the French Jungle School is from what Ive heard pretty hardcore also. I believe they have a BCT in Djibouti as not only the FFL rotates in and out of Africa. Based on newsreports there seems to be conflicting goals coming from the different ministers, which is never good. But kudos to France for having the stones to throw lead.

  • RedWanderer

    @ArcticWarrior  Hey, the FFL guy I worked around in Iraq impressed us all.  (I should say Former a contractor.)  I'm sure the French in OEF-A did learn some things along the way too.  But the question is French leadership.  Reminds me alot of our CINC.  My gut doesn't say good things based on Hollande's short record.....