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French troops to stay in Mali until July: Officials

Press TV – March 1, 2013

French officials say the country’s forces will remain in Mali until at least July amid reports of a serious humanitarian crisis in the northern areas of the country caused by the French-led war in the West African nation.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, made the announcement on Thursday, the Associated Press reported.

Earlier this week, an unnamed French diplomat also said that it is unlikely that “the French presence will be over in six months.”

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on February 6 that the country would begin the withdrawal of its troops from Mali in March.

“We will continue to act in the north… I think that from March, if everything goes according to plan, the number of French troops should decrease,” Fabius said.

France launched its war on Mali on January 11 under the pretext of halting the advance of fighters in the country. The war has left thousands of Malians homeless.

The French-led war in Mali has also displaced thousands of people, who now live in deplorable conditions.

On February 1, Amnesty International said “serious human rights breaches” — including the killing of children — were occurring in the French war in Mali.

The rights organization said there was “evidence that at least five civilians, including three children, were killed in an airstrike” carried out by French forces against the local fighters.

March 1, 2013 - Posted by | Illegal Occupation | , ,

6 Comments »

  1. Funny thing about this blog… Where it concerns Syria the blog owner is all against helping the rebels there… IOW, he’s for helping the xisting government… However, Where it concerns Mali the blog owner is all against helping the government there… IOW, he’s for helping the rebels…

    I guess consistency is not the blog owner’s forte…

    Comment by ScubaMan | March 1, 2013 | Reply

    • There really is something seriously WRONG with you … you need to get some help…uh..oh… you already have.. someone who continually causes dissention is just a simple minded trouble maker.. you might think about passing your time by getting a ‘job’… this one isn’t working out for you. As I said before you are an atavism of evil.

      Undeniably deranged.

      Comment by Spiritwoman1213 | March 1, 2013 | Reply

    • The consistent Aletho News position is anti-interventionist. But of course that whole concept is unthinkable for the scubaman.

      Comment by aletho | March 1, 2013 | Reply

      • You have infinite patience with him, Aletho.. I commend you, but there is a limit when a bully can ‘infect’ your playground. He is here to cause confusion and dissention, as I mentioned, and even little children are encouraged to ‘stop bullies’. He is not welcome to show up on my computer, I don’t allow any trash in my home. He is cunning and underhanded, trying to confuse. Confusion is one of lucifers traits, and we fight evil do we not. These are the final days to take a stand against evil/lies and goodness/truth is the only other option. Evilness has completely destroyed life with any value on earth, and they will suffer the consequences. This is NOT my site, but it is among very few sites that I trust for truth. I say we must protect the sanctity of this place.

        Comment by Spiritwoman1213 | March 1, 2013 | Reply

  2. if it’s 6 ft under the frenchies are welcome to stay longer

    Comment by 5 dancing shlomos | March 2, 2013 | Reply

    • Shlomos… I would say that about ALL the ‘invaders..’….. great comment.

      Comment by Spiritwoman1213 | March 2, 2013 | Reply


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