The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. —THOMAS JEFFERSON, 1788

French Air Force attacks Islamist strongholds in Mali

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About time someone did… even if it was the French.

Warplanes of the French Air Force have struck Islamic Jihadist bases in the terrorist controlled strongholds in the northern area of the African nation of Mali, as reported by the Reuters news agency.

The British newspaper The Telegraph is also reporting that “European” troops are in the combat zone.

Despite the Obama Administration’s assurance that Al-Qaeda has been “decimated,” the North African nation of Mali has lost much of its vast northern territory to the region’s Al-Qaeda branch, “Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb” (AQIM).

Fearing a rebel push south to the Mali capital of Bamako, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius confirmed that the French warplanes had carried out air strikes against the Jihadists.

He would not reveal further details of the intervention – such as whether French troops were on the ground – while it was in progress so as to limit the terrorists’ knowledge of the operation.

Meanwhile, The Telegraph is reporting that a C-160 transport plane recently landed near the combat zone in the government-held town of Sevare and that “some of the soldiers who disembarked are reported to have been European.”

Once a member of the French West Africa Federation, Mali looked to its former colonial rulers in Paris for assistance since AQIM forcibly took control of over 300,000 square miles of the northern half of the desert nation, effectively running their own Jihadist Sharia’a Law governed country.

The terrorists now control an area of Mali larger than the entirety of the entire French Republic, including all the overseas departments and territories, but excluding the French territory of Terre Adélie in Antarctica.

T. Kevin Whiteman is a retired Master Sergeant of Marines. He is the founder of the blog Unapologetically Rude and has written for Examiner and other blogs.

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