DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:40 A.M.) – The French Army is paying a high price for its counter-insurgency efforts in northern Africa after being repeatedly targeted by an Al-Qaeda franchise group known as ‘Support of Islam and Muslims’ (JNIM).

In an online bulletin released by JNIM’s media wing, the Al-Qaeda branch claimed to have targeted a French Army garrison some 20 kilometers north of Tessalit with an IED on July 8, resulting in the destruction of an armored vehicle and instantaneous death of 3 French soldiers.

Meanwhile on July 11, a second French armored vehicle was targeted by another improvised explosive device in the city of Kidal, thereby wounding an additional three French Army troops.

JNIM also claimed jihadists belligerents overran a police outpost in Mali’s province of Mobti on July 9 after which a number of guns were captured. One Al-Qaeda member was injured during the hit-and-run attack, the outlet did nevertheless admit.

The French Government is yet to address the alleged death of its soldiers.

France intervened in its former colony in January 2013 to drive out al-Qaeda-linked groups that hijacked a rebellion in 2012 by ethnic Tuaregs and attempted to take control of the central government in Bamako.

France has sent some 4,000 soldiers to the region, while United Nations’ peacekeepers have been deployed to ensure Mali’s stability.

Last week, JNIM also conducted its first attack against the Nigerian Army, seizing significant spoils of war in the process.

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France was plundering many countries and killing people there by tens of thousands. So now they are tasting their own medicine. I have no problem with it. I don’t even have a problem when OUR soldier is killed in Afghanistan. These guys have good money for these missions. They are volunteers. Well, mercenaries has to expect they can be killed.

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OK, let’s stop operations and have a global caliphate? You should have a little more respect for those doing the ultimate sacrifice or even only risking their lives at saving YOUR little ass! No matter the country they are from. Now, colonialism had surely some issues, thus, when you think about it, look at the results of some other former colonial powers, especially the two worst : Arab/Ottoman and Brit imperialism. Usually, France left working institutions, roads and railroads, irrigation and sewer systems, efficient schooling and even industries. Most of the time, these areas were stuck in the middle-ages if… Read more »
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“ultimate sacrifice or even only risking their lives at saving YOUR little ass!” They are “sacrificing” their lives to protect IMPERIALISM. You could call the war in Mali “cleaning the mess you created in Libya” at best. Then you continue with colonial bs. The Ottomans were not a colonialist power (they did not have colonies) they were just an imperialist power. And the Ottomans and British build railroads and other things but this does not change their imperialist nature. “those who turned to the Soviets” Libya-friendly relations with the USSR-richest country in Africa. And then came France (and friends) and… Read more »
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Yeah, and the old song of imperialism, blah blah, always the same wanking! Says a dude with the confederate esclavagist flag in his avatar! Let’s be clear : just by this, you’re BADLY placed to lecture anyone on anything, Mr Hypocrite! Not counting the flag of a fake people that was created only to destroy any attempt of peace in the middle east. Yeah, an empathy for the terrorist of PLO that are slaughteeeereeeed with an average of 300-350 dead a year, mostly all after trying to assassinate people. LMAO, I have always a laugh about haters of Israel, you… Read more »
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“confederate esclavagist flag” This is the flag of Novorossiya. Novorossiya, the country that is fighting fascists backed by the EU. “Let’s be clear : just by this, you’re BADLY placed to lecture anyone on anything, Mr Hypocrite!” Says a supporter of French imperialism, colonialism and Zionism. And again FLAG OF NOVOROSSIYA. ” flag of a fake people that was created only to destroy any attempt of peace in the middle east” How dare the Palestinians (who have lived in Palestine for ages) demand basic rights, their land and their state? And the only fake state is the one created by… Read more »
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Hey, Mr. we have NOTHING to do with your Poroshenko, he’s a problem for us as for you!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL_GShyGv3o
http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-economic-motive-for-americas-current-wars/5597226
http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-secret-stupid-saudi-us-deal-on-syria/5410130
US SHIT goes totally AGAINST EU’s INTERESTS!
http://www.globalresearch.ca/washington-and-berlin-on-a-collision-course/5597596
An not only Berlin…
And Washington is trying to do serious shit in Poland but also now in Hungary and Romania :
http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-fatal-flaw-in-washingtons-new-energy-strategy/5599226
look well, these are where the pipelines are!!!
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Sounds like the map of jihad, isn’t it?
Well, Mali or Chad or Somalia have no pipelines? But they have uranium mines!
These is all the EU’s natural gas and uranium procurement that they threaten!
Come back to Earth, dude! We have the same enemies!

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“we have NOTHING to do with your Poroshenko” It was the EU and the US that backed the coup against president Yanukovych (since he did not want to be a Western puppet and join the EU). You say that you (the EU) do not want Ukraine. This only shows the evil nature of the West. “Joining the EU” was a bait with which the West lured many Ukrainians into backing the coup (2014.) only to betray them. And the point of the “F*** the EU” statement is that the US will choose the puppet leaders in Kiev (and not the… Read more »
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Chris Tomson, please stop reporting on reports. Because you have a very poor eye for bullshit. If we all know and understand that Al-Qaeda/ISIS is a product of the UN, then how do you report on fake shit like this??? Read the part that said “france has sent 4,ooo soldiers to the region”. Thats the real story. Where are these alleged dead french men? Funny how they take photos of everything else save for the stuff that would prove them credible if they ever were. Show me photos of these so called dead french soldiers and not dummies topped with… Read more »
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4,000 soldiers in 2013 for Operation Serval. A pretty small number if you consider how many roaches AQIM, An-Sardine, al-Murabitoun and MUJAO gathered, not counting they allied (and funded) the Tuareg rebellion which soon turned side considering a caliphate much worst than the Malian gvt.
WTF UN has to do with AQ/IS? Stop Captagon!

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4000 Franch+ Malian army+ Tuareg + various African armyes+ peacekeepers vs. 3000 (some say 10000) terrorists. On the other hand the number of Nusra terrorists in Syria is 30000+. P.S. The war in Mali was the result of Libyan weapons (Libya the country destroyed by the West) ending up in the hands of Tuareg rebels and Al-Qaeda terrorists.

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Hmm, I’m wondering what Daeshbags Sux think about this?

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That, unfortunately, you don’t make an omelette without breaking eggs. I have lost comrades when we stopped a genocide in another African area, it’s always heartbreaking, nevertheless, zero casualties is unfortunately impossible and well, we’ve already totally laminated AQIM, An-Sardine (LOL), MUJAO and al-Murabitoun in the region at the point the few remaining had to merge as a single group and it already took ’em 3-4 years to be able to resume operations. We’ll have to be more careful to avoid such losses, thus, I’m confident that those who did the ambush won’t last long. Well, I hope it will… Read more »
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“we stopped a genocide in another African area” Which one???
“n the region at the point the few remaining had to merge as a single group and it already took ’em 3-4 years to be able to resume operations.” Every now and then there is a terrorist attack in the region+ the terrorists now use Mali to attack other countries which only means that your mission is not successful.
“we’re at it for the EU, not only for ourselves.” No. Those are your IMPERIALIST INTERVENTIONS+ you could call the war in Mali “cleaning the mess you created in Libya” at best.

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1994, 800k-1M, nearly all with machetes, great lakes area, it started in Burundi, extended in Rwanda and spillover in Congo.
Oh, Matija a Serbian name!
I bet you’re a fanboy of Milosevic or Mladic.
Yeah, OK, it was sooooo nasty to intervene to stop the massacres they were dooooing, well, they didn’t massacred in Serbia, just in Bosnia or Croatia but I bet you will say the ICC was unjust, blah blah blah… we’re dirty imperialists, blah blah blah…

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So you were in Rwanda and you think that you “stopped” the genocide? LOL No. Your government enabled the genocide. France was backing the government (mostly Hutu) which massacred the Tutsi minority while the US backed the RPF Tutsi rebels who massacred the Hutu, And it did not end then. Since 1997. 6 million Congolese have died as a result of spillover. A while ago there was an article about PKK fighting in Raqqa where you aggred with the coment that it is not posible to distinguishe Kurdish accents. And now you are an expert on the South Slavic language?… Read more »
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Even zombies shit on your head. LOL

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You are so pathetic.

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You are so delusioned

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Says the guy who thinks that the EU and the US are enemies (despite them regularly attacking Third World countries together).

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Hmm, I’m wondering what Daeshbags Sux think about this?

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Update : Having done some researches, the JNIM communiqué seems to be SERIOUS WANKING. All I could find was an attack against a Malian army convoy on Sunday with basicly 10 militaries missing and since, 2 have re-surfaced, then they attacked a Malian garrison a few days before with an IED… Seems JNIM should better stop Captagon or cocaine or I don’t know what they are taking to mistake their dreams for reality as visibly, until further notice, no other source seems to confirm their communiqué. It looks much more likely that they are trying to look bad ass at… Read more »
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