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Africa North
France deploys armoured vehicles towards northern Mali
2013-01-16
[FRANCE24] France deployed a convoy of armoured tanks towards Mali's restive north from the capital Bamako on Tuesday, as part of an expanding joint Malian-French offensive to retake the region from Islamist rebels.
I've actually never laid eyes on an unarmored tank. Where do they get these people?
It's France24. AFP calls them "armoured vehicles", and has a photo so the reader can judge for himself.
Witnesses said hundreds of Malian and French troops in armoured vehicles were headed to Diabaly, a town 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of the capital that was seized by the rebels on Monday. Another convoy was seen leaving Bamako in a northerly direction.
Posted by:Fred

#7  And every dog is a pitbull.
Posted by: Dopey Sinatra9196   2013-01-16 16:40  

#6  To a journalist, everything is a 'tank', like every weapon is a 'machine gun'.
Posted by: Pappy   2013-01-16 15:53  

#5  We are all now Frenchmen! Let us celebrate.
Posted by: Besoeker   2013-01-16 13:08  

#4  It's a VAB - Vehicule de l'Avant Blinde (armoured vanguard vehicle). It's an armored personnel carrier with protection typically up to 12.7mm rounds.
Posted by: Elmealet Thitch3273   2013-01-16 12:43  

#3  The locals look friendly.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305   2013-01-16 11:27  

#2  I'd have called it an armored car, but what do I know?
Posted by: Fred   2013-01-16 10:10  

#1  Looks like a 4 Wheeled truvk to me.
Posted by: Redneck Jim   2013-01-16 06:18  

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