In late 2012, the French Armed Forces were deployed to Mali in an attempt to defeat various al-Qaeda factions that are operational in northern and central Africa. However, the campaign which was initially dubbed ‘Operation Serval’ has proven somewhat of a failure, with the French Army even lacking air support & armoured vehicles at times and Islamist insurgents still active all across the continent.

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Mike
Mike
2016-04-06 20:32

Operation Serval and Operation Barkhane are two different operations. The first one was performed to ruin Aqmi&co everyday violences in Mali, in collaboration with african forces. Serval was a total success. The second one aims to slow down Aqmi&co activities in sub-saharian area. Are terrorist activities slowed down here ? This is not the end…

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-04-07 20:14
Reply to  Mike

When you know that AQIM+Ansar+Al Mourabitoune and Boko Haram were, in 2012, considered as big as the ISIS at its peak and were ruling around 1 million km² and that Boko was declared “technically defeated” in december 2015, Mourabitoune was integrated to AQIM and that now, AQIM is considered to have shrank to around 200 members divided in 3 katibas and that Ansar has shrank to 200/250 members, well, I bet tha a few millions syrrian or Iraqi would like to have the same kind of failure which is opération Barkhane in their country with only a few hundred daeshbags… Read more »

Miguel Bailly
Miguel Bailly
2016-04-07 01:33

Its clear only superpowers have the capacity to carry out overseas operations, russia have succesfully achieved its objectives in syria. Saudi arabia have stalled in yemen despite milions of dollars and hundreds of losses. France its in dire straits now lack of funds and political decition its the reason of their failure.

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-04-08 04:40
Reply to  Miguel Bailly

Sorry Miguel, but the sub-saharian african countries have dealt with the rabid-bearded shithaddist mostly only by themselves, except for Mali’s opération Serval, major world power like USA, China or France had only a limited input in it, mostly by their intel means, i.e China offered a total spy-satellites covering and weapons, US sent instructors and frenchs leased a few modern aircrafts and helos so it was possible to make surgical strikes, thus limiting collateral damages: these countries having 3rd generation fighter/bombers, if used to re-take towns, they should have performed carpet-bombings WW2 style :/ I can tell you that african… Read more »

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-04-07 12:13

Bad analysis : France isn’t leading a large scale operation in this case as it would be seen as neo-colonialism by locals: this “opex” (opération extérieure) is acting to help these multiple soveraign states in their OWN counter-terrorisme actions. The only large scale operation was “opération Serval” to re-take haf of the 1,2M km² Mali from AQIM/Ansar-Dine, this is not at all the point of “opération Barkhane” as Niger, Chad, Nigeria and some other countries in the area have put up their own international terrorist task-force. In this case, France only brings recon help, intel, a little air support when… Read more »