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Africa North
French troops take northern town of Tessalit
[FRANCE24] [FRANCE24] French forces on Friday arrived in the town of Tessalit, a town deep in northern Mali near the border with Algeria, and one of the last strongholds of Islamist rebels who wielded unchecked power in the region less than a month ago.
I thought they'd already taken Tessalit...
Tessalit's airport has now become the most distant combat outposts in the joint French-Malian effort to re-establish total control of northern Mali.

FRANCE 24 flew to Tessalit from the city of Gao in a French military helicopter, and spoke to French and Malian soldiers about the continuing military operation. French troops said their ability to quickly advance powerful military hardware was possible only because of the Malian soldiers serving as guides.

With a base of operation now established in Tessalit, French soldiers are now busy setting up a vast surveillance operation to track Islamist fighters who are still hiding in this expansive and harsh region.
Posted by:Fred

#4  I suppose the French have a distinctly different interpretation of their ROE than our poor sumbitches in Afghanistan.

Memo to thumbsucking nebish at DoS, if you let us off the leash this frigging war in A'stan would have been over, done, finished, completed, years ago.
Posted by: Bill Clinton   2013-02-10 15:30  

#3  Don't be such squares, you nerds!
Posted by: SteveS   2013-02-10 12:21  

#2  Abu, you beat me to it! Points for you. :-)
Posted by: Scooter McGruder   2013-02-10 06:09  

#1  still no sign of the Tesseract however.
Posted by: abu do you love   2013-02-10 03:40