Danger Room: France Brings Bigger Gunships, Heavy Artillery to Mali as Militants Dig In


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The French-led international assault on Islamist-held northern Mali is about to get a lot more explosive. With a big assist from the U.S., U.K. and other allies, Paris is deploying heavier vehicles, high-tech artillery pieces and its most sophisticated helicopter gunship, the Tiger.

The reinforcements reflect France’s surprise at discovering that Mali’s rebels possess some dangerous weaponry of their own.

“The defense minister has recognized that the enemy resistance was tougher than initially envisioned,” Joseph Henrotin, a French analyst and military academy instructor, tells Danger Room. When French ground troops counter-attacked towards the battleground town of Konna in central Mali on Jan. 15, they encountered rebels equipped with “technical” trucks. Photos have depicted militants riding in a wide variety of these improvised, gun-armed pickups, long a mainstay of African warfare.

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2 Responses to “Danger Room: France Brings Bigger Gunships, Heavy Artillery to Mali as Militants Dig In”

  1. I am a bit surprised that the French underestimated the firepower of the militants. All the present wars in the Middle East feature the same equipment of improvised gun-armed pickups. And as the militants in Mali plundered the weapon stores of Libya, this is what they could have expected.

  2. jimmy says:

    The militants in Mali have good friends in Libya & Algeria. Hollande is sowing the wind and France shall soon reap the whirlwind. There are many ‘no-go’ areas in Paris and other cities full of bored and unemployed Islamic youths. They are also friends of the Mali militants. Hollande should not start something he can’t possibly finish. What a fool he is.

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