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France decided to withdraw part of its contingent from Mali - a reaction to criticism in connection with the losses

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France decided to withdraw part of its contingent from Mali - a reaction to criticism in connection with the losses

The report of the French military department on the course of the anti-terrorist operation in the African state of Mali caused an extremely negative reaction in society. What is the reason?


The fact is that the French contingent suffered the greatest losses in recent years. As a result of militant attacks, in just six days in Mali, French troops lost five of their soldiers.

In connection with this fact, ordinary Frenchmen began to ask the Ministry of Defense questions about what the French military contingent is doing in Mali in general, if during all the years of its stay in this country the situation with terrorism in it has not changed for the better?

Public outcry and criticism of the losses led to the need for a response from the authorities. The head of the military department announced that Paris would reduce the number of French troops in the state of Mali, where Operation Barkhan is being conducted jointly with the Baltic and other military. Part of the contingent will be withdrawn.

French Defense Ministry:

But France does not intend to completely curtail its mission in Mali. We plan to pay more attention to training the Malian military and expand the scope of instruction. We will help Mali during the pre-election cycle - until 2022.

Meanwhile, the French press writes that the cooperation between the French and Malian military does not bring positive results today and is unlikely to bring them tomorrow. This is due, as it is believed, to the low level of military discipline on the part of the Mali military, as well as to the fact that the French contingent has recently practically refused to interact, for example, on patrolling territories, closing in on military bases.

The reaction of the military departments of other countries participating in the operation in Mali to the news of the withdrawal of part of the French contingent has not yet been reported. Let us remind you that one of the countries that has sent its military there is Estonia.
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  1. Thrifty
    Thrifty 6 January 2021 07: 38
    +8
    How are they going to fight with us? We are not Mali, our results will be many orders of magnitude higher in the disposal of the French military in case of war! They will probably overwhelm them with complaints, and they will cry into our vest. ...
    1. oleg-gr
      oleg-gr 6 January 2021 09: 28
      +2
      We are constantly checked for "weak" or they are waiting for a leader who is a la "Tagged". Such a person will hand over everything for candy wrappers and grateful false words.
  2. Vladimir_2U
    Vladimir_2U 6 January 2021 07: 39
    +1
    Looking at the photo, I am very confused by the tactical))) beards of the regular army, are they not afraid of chemical weapons there, or do they have gas masks adapted for vegetation?
    1. svp67
      svp67 6 January 2021 07: 46
      +3
      Quote: Vladimir_2U
      Looking at the photo, I am very confused by the tactical))) beards of the regular army, are they not afraid of chemical weapons there, or do they have gas masks adapted for vegetation?

      There is such a concept - TRADITION, and no "chemical weapon" will corrode it ...
      1. Vladimir_2U
        Vladimir_2U 6 January 2021 07: 55
        +3
        Quote: svp67
        TRADITION, and no "chemical weapon" will corrode it ...

        Something I strongly doubt the presence of beards on the "western" front of the First World War in 17-18.
        1. svp67
          svp67 6 January 2021 08: 03
          +4
          Quote: Vladimir_2U
          Something I strongly doubt the presence of beards on the "western" front of the First World War in 17-18.

          "The guards are dying, but not surrendering ..."





          1. Vladimir_2U
            Vladimir_2U 6 January 2021 08: 25
            0
            The first photo with the so-called bag. "gas mask" 15, and we are talking about 17-18 years., 2 and 4 photos have mustaches, but not beards, and mustaches are allowed by the charter))) and do not interfere with wearing a mask, and on the third there are some "zusuls" "an incomprehensible year and without gas masks.
            1. svp67
              svp67 6 January 2021 08: 43
              0
              Quote: Vladimir_2U
              2 and 4 photos have a mustache, but no beards,

              Can't you see the beards of the soldiers in these photos?



              1. Vladimir_2U
                Vladimir_2U 6 January 2021 08: 45
                +1
                Oh, yes, exactly! Although it looks more like stubble, in part. Well, this is probably the forerunner of the current anti-mask))), before the first gas attack.
    2. Thrifty
      Thrifty 6 January 2021 08: 09
      -1
      Vladimir 2u "Warms the beard in the cold" lol It is they who are preparing to march in parade in Russia, through the taiga, in captivity, on felling wood. ..
    3. Dart2027
      Dart2027 6 January 2021 09: 47
      0
      Quote: Vladimir_2U
      they are not afraid of chemical weapons there at all

      But is it there?
      1. Vladimir_2U
        Vladimir_2U 6 January 2021 10: 38
        0
        Well, in Syria, Bashar, they were very much afraid of him.
        1. Dart2027
          Dart2027 6 January 2021 12: 13
          +4
          Quote: Vladimir_2U
          Well in Syria at Bashar

          - Why did the US attack Iraq at one time?
          - Well, they said Iraq has weapons of mass destruction!
          - And will they start military operations against the DPRK?
          - No, they won't.
          - Why not?
          - The DPRK really has it!
    4. Ham
      Ham 6 January 2021 10: 20
      0
      these are the French ... just remember the bright red pants in which they went to PMV
    5. Aerodrome
      Aerodrome 6 January 2021 10: 41
      +1
      Quote: Vladimir_2U
      Looking at the photo, I am very confused by the tactical))) beards of the regular army, are they not afraid of chemical weapons there, or do they have gas masks adapted for vegetation?

      in 20-25 years, all "French" and "Germans" will be so ... also tanned.
      1. Alexfly
        Alexfly 6 January 2021 17: 22
        0
        Do not indulge yourself with the thought of witnessing this even with your immersive joy of life .. This can happen quite only in 200 years. Believe me, you and I will not give a damn about this at all .. Ali Are you so concerned about the Fatherland ??
  3. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 6 January 2021 07: 41
    +2
    Don't the bastions of the 18th century help? Or did someone promptly put mortars to the Malians a week ago?
  4. svp67
    svp67 6 January 2021 07: 43
    +1
    Well, yes, France will withdraw a couple of dozen, China will introduce an additional couple of tens of thousands ... And that everything is "honestly"
  5. Gennady Fomkin
    Gennady Fomkin 6 January 2021 08: 41
    0
    This is how to understand Riot? The pandemic has taught us lessons that we must learn.

    There are goods and services that must be removed from the control of the market.

    Nutrition, medicine, health, safety, lifestyle - these are aspects that it is madness to give to third hands!

    We must take control of these things again.

    Build France and Europe sovereign, take control of their destiny into their own hands.

    In the coming weeks and months, decisions must be made to break (with existing practice) in this sense. belay
  6. Gennady Fomkin
    Gennady Fomkin 6 January 2021 09: 09
    +1
    Any person, legal or natural, has the right to postpone the payment of the next installment to bankers without giving any reason.

    is it not "Kuzkina's mother" performed by Macron for an hour? It’s not just the hegemon who kicked, he’s taking the money! laughing
  7. Gennady Fomkin
    Gennady Fomkin 6 January 2021 09: 30
    +3
    A) In Mali there is uranium resin, and of high concentration, moreover, of the so-called "crystalline nature" (that is, mined on a crystalline shield). This means that there was no leaching of light fractions of something there, and therefore the "tails" there are much more interesting than those in Europe, Australia, or even Canada.

    B) The French treasured her and therefore did not want to carry her in a small batch, so the transportation was carried out with all the observance of safety standards and the people carried her a million with armor, helicopters and specially trained specialists. This means that she was rarely taken. Somewhere at the end of the spring of this year, the tunics were supposed to take out from Mali almost a two-year operating time.
    C) But in France there are now "yellow vests" that generally control the unloading zones and no one would like to draw attention to such a cargo once again. and then COVID happened. quarantine and all the cases. Now imagine that in the middle of quarantine from Africa to sweet France they began to carry something accompanied by armor, helicopters and a gendarmerie division - across the cordons and the closed border. Therefore, someone somewhere gave up for a while.

    D) Here we must clarify that in Africa the value of oil for Africans is greatly exaggerated; here they fight, kill and die for water. That is why at one time Muammar Gaddafi built a "man-made river" from two separate systems of underground pipes, and if the eastern one begins from reservoirs lying almost under the sands of Egypt, then the western one has pumping stations from underground reservoirs in the mountains on the border of Mali. (And they are five times more than the eastern ones - Egyptian).
    1. Comrade I
      Comrade I 6 January 2021 12: 40
      0
      It would be necessary to dig up English-language texts and sources on this topic. I love to poke my foreign acquaintances in such a way.
    2. Alexfly
      Alexfly 6 January 2021 17: 28
      +1
      E) Also, diamonds, rare earth metals and stones (precious and semi-precious), that is, everything that can be held in hands.
      à propos, the process is not in terrorists, but in the removal of the French from their zones of influence.
      Rhetorical question: who benefits from it? Several answers suggest themselves ... Russia is not between them ...
  8. aszzz888
    aszzz888 6 January 2021 10: 43
    0
    Ordinary French in connection with this fact, they began to ask the Ministry of Defense questions about what the French military contingent is doing in Mali, if during all the years of its stay in this country the situation with terrorism in it has not changed for the better?
    And? thank your talkative! laughing
    Adresse aux Français - 12 mars 2020
  9. raki-uzo
    raki-uzo 6 January 2021 11: 17
    0
    More than 20 people were killed in an air attack in Mali. The news reports that France mistakenly launched an airstrike on people who were at the wedding. That's why the French are on the run.
  10. Lara Croft
    Lara Croft 6 January 2021 14: 20
    -1
    This is due, as it is believed, to the low level of military discipline on the part of the Mali military, as well as to the fact that the French contingent has recently practically refused to interact, for example, on patrolling territories, closing in on military bases.

    Afghanistan # 2.
    1. hohol95
      hohol95 6 January 2021 20: 18
      0
      Practically. The French began hostilities there on January 11, 2013 with an air strike on a column of insurgents near Sevare. Operation Serval.
      A "Training Mission" (EUTM (EU Training Mission)) was created. The mission was extended until May 2018. As of 2018, more than 10 soldiers have training experience - many at the Koulikoro Training Center. The EU Training Mission (EUTM) has trained the air force with a focus on mobility. Germany helped build ammunition bunkers. France is supporting the operation of its military bases, training of Malian personnel and the supply of military and other equipment to Mali as part of Operation Barkhan, which is designed to combat Islamist radicals and terrorists in Mali and the Sahel region.

      The French are tired of teaching the same ...