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Africa North
France military says Mali town Konna 'not recaptured'
[BBC.CO.UK] French military officials have denied an earlier claim by the Malian army that the central town of Konna has been recaptured by government forces.
Harrisburg remains uncaptured, too.
La Belle France launched its military intervention last Friday after Islamists seized Konna and began advancing further south.
Nobody's taken Saskatoon, either...
Another central town, Diabaly, was captured by rebels on Monday.
Posted by:Fred

#2  "But Volkswagon named a car after them..."
Posted by: Dopey Sinatra9196   2013-01-16 16:38  

#1  The Northern Alliance was a real army, with leaders that had spent years fighting the Soviets and then duking it out among themselves. It sounds like Mali's government troops are a shambles. Makes sense, given that its elite, most of them Tuaregs, defected to the rebels.

You gotta love the Pentagon's political correctness - if we train Malians on the basis of competence without any thought to the fact that most of the highly-competent are from the ethnic group with the separatist movement, the nation's different ethnic groups will all hold hands and sing "We are the world". Lo and behold - as soon as the rebels start making serious advances, the US-trained Tuareg troops defect. It would be even more amusing if they were working hand-in-glove all along.
Posted by: Zhang Fei   2013-01-16 00:43