THIRTEEN CHADIAN SOLDIERS, 65 REBELS KILLED IN NORTHEAST MALI

Fri Feb 22, 2013
N’DJAMENA (Reuters)

Thirteen Chadian soldiers were killed in
fighting in northern Mali on Friday, the heaviest casualties sustained by French and African troops since the launch of a military campaign against Islamist rebels there six weeks ago, Chad’s army said.

Chadian troops killed 65 al Qaeda-linked
fighters in the clashes that began before
midday in the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains near Mali’s northern border
with Algeria. “The provisional toll is … on the enemy’s side, five vehicles destroyed and 65 terrorists killed. We deplore the deaths of 13 of our valiant soldiers,” said a statement from the army general staff read on state radio.

France intervened in its former West African colony last month to stop a
southward offensive by Islamist rebels
who seized control of the north last April. Troops from neighboring African nations -including 2,000 soldiers from Chad – have since deployed to Mali and are meant to take over leadership of the operation when French forces begin a planned withdrawal next month.

But continuing violence since the Islamists were driven from major urban
areas highlights the risk of French and
African forces becoming entangled in a
messy guerrilla war as they try to help
Mali’s weak army counter bombings and armed raids.

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12 Responses to THIRTEEN CHADIAN SOLDIERS, 65 REBELS KILLED IN NORTHEAST MALI

  1. originalpato says:

    May their souls rest in peace and their efforts not be in vain.

  2. demola says:

    Exactly where are our troops and what are they doing

  3. Bigbrovar says:

    May the almighty provide comfort for loved ones they left behind. It’s hard though not to feel that our MOD has really dropped the ball in this Mali effort. Giving the high stakes at home one would expect that our troops with all their experience would be in the vangaurd.. has we speak the military is still struggling to deploy 900 boots on the ground.

    • Detona says:

      Don’t be in a hurry to deploy ‘boots on the ground’. War is not a video game, remember? Those late soldiers have wives, children, parents, siblings and friends. They aren’t coming back from the mountains of Mali. Ever. So, let the military deploy however they like, they will do what they have trained hard to do. They are not there to prove a point to anybody, they are professional, and capable. We already know that.

      This is not a bunch of cowboys riding into the sunset in the west in search of glory. This is the real deal. Men will fight, and men will die. Our only prayer is that may those doing the dying be the enemies of peace. Thanks for your prayers for the souls of the departed, just remember, the entire world has stakes in this fight one way or the other. It’s not about Nigeria, or Mali, alone.

  4. jimmy says:

    May they rest in peace and may their efforts not be in vain….AMEN

  5. Henry says:

    May the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.

    @detona, I agree with you 100%. War is not a video game or a movie where you can re-shoot or replay a scene if you die or make a mistake. If any of our troops die in mali, the death would reverberate across to many families who would be deeply affected by the loss.no need to rush into any where. When the troops get the go ahead to deploy, they would deploy.

    There are currently over 500 nigerian army troops in mali and an additional 300 airforce paratroopers in niger/ mali. The nigerian army like we have seen time and time again on this blog are a highly trained force and well kitted force like we saw in the photos posted on this blog, online and seen in videos. The military would contribute her vast experience, when it’s time to contribute. Heavy equipment have also been deployed, apc’s, mbts, attack helos, fighter jets have since been deployed.

    We have nothing to prove to any person, however restraint and critical thinking should not be confused for foolery.

  6. Henry says:

    That been said nigerian troops have already been deployed in the fighting. With troops(some) stationed at the mali-Mauritania border.

  7. Henry says:

    Oga obix, that’s the only information I have. We know nigeria’s main base is at banamba, 150km from bamako. As far as deployment goes, I only know that troops are deployed at the mali-mauritania border and environs.

  8. jimmy says:

    This is a very dangerous area again let us very carefully about what we wish for. OGA DETONA, HENRY you have spoken well may the Good Lord protect our troops. The counter attacks have begun and the video I watched showed how ferocious the fighting is going to be when these Islamic jihadists come down from the mountains or even the savage fighting that is taking place in the mountains.

  9. Henry says:

    Besides when we look at the current fighting in goa and tessilit, we see the need for a 50.CAL machine gun for suppressing fire. A gpmg like we see normally on otoka cobras in the streets would not be enough. The fighting requires heavy weaponry.

  10. Bola David says:

    Oh, may the Souls of the fallen heors rest in peace. Amen.

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