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Another name for this place in the center of the Sahara does not come up. Here, in the black rocks in the north of Mali, devils tortured and killed people. And now they themselves are dying right there from the hellish heat, unbearable thirst and bullets of the French special forces.

ThickForty-five to fifty-five degrees of heat and no shadow. However, it seems that it never happens there at all, ”says the commander of the GTIA, a mixed combat tactical group, with a smile. And, on reflection, he thoughtfully adds: “But we were all warned that this operation would not be like any other.”

This is about the beginning of March in the Sahara and a special operation in the Tigargar mountains. North Mali, the western part of the Iforas plateau. Creepy place. The black rocks bursting from the hellish heat in the endless sea of ​​sand. Many years ago they were chosen by devils from all over the Sahara. Here they kept and from here spread sins over the continent - weapon, drugs, contraband and slaves. Here the neophytes were taught the wisdom of their inhuman life. From here they staged bloody raids on neighboring countries and licked their wounds. They also took hostages here and demanded a lot of money for them. And often they were received. What to do, in different countries - a different attitude to solving such problems. As they say in the headquarters of European intelligence services: “If abroad they are taken hostage by their fellow citizens, the Germans are sending money, the British are condolences, and the French are special forces.”

So, after the French commandos once again hit several imps here, their accomplices cut off the head of a sick old hostage and impudently stated that the French president “opened the gates of hell.” And they were not mistaken. In early February, 2013, the gate to their hell really opened. More precisely, the companies of the French legionnaires, paratroopers and marines, the Chadian guards and special forces were knocked out.

And we will go to the north ...

Back in the middle of last year, radical Islamist groups seized power over the north of the country from the local Tuareg separatists. By the way, they already then perfectly understood what further body movements threatened them with. Back in November last year, Al Qaeda’s “looking over the Sahara” himself stated: “If you want war, we are more than ready for it.” In confirmation of these words in January 2013, his subordinates moved south. This was too much, and now France and the coalition of the armed forces of the neighboring African countries are launching a military operation “Serval” in Mali. Apparently, they decided to test in practice the threat of the same character: "The Sahara will become a grave for your soldiers."

But with the mass extermination of the French from al-Qaeda somehow did not work out. The leader himself quickly retired to the north of Algeria, and for some reason his hell-raisers constantly disappeared from the battlefields without a trace before the troops arrived there. Despite the use of the most advanced means of detecting, listening and tapping, every time a question arose - where did they all go?

In search of a formidable enemy, the troops reached the northernmost borders of Mali. And here they are lucky. February 18 on the Iforas plateau, during reconnaissance at the western entrance to one of the valleys in the north of the Tigargar massif, the legionnaires finally found those they had been looking for. And the battle struck. Yes, even what! After five and a half hours of hurricane fire on both sides, despite the arrival of reinforcement from special forces, the enemy did not retreat a meter!

Struck not only stubbornness, but also the number of the enemy. In the very first battle of the reconnaissance group, according to its fighter, "before us about fifty militants rose from the ground at once." The next day, the legionnaire of the 2 Parachute Regiment, Chief Sergeant Harold Vormenzeel, was killed here.

Curiously, why would villains cling to these inhospitable rocks in the center of a lifeless desert? Radio reconnaissance showed that the area’s air, so far empty, like a drum, now filled with powerful electromagnetic radiation. At the same time worked up to forty cell phones. The speed of advancement and maneuver of the troops did its job. The field commanders were taken by surprise here, and they had to somehow keep in touch with each other. “They lose control of the situation,” rejoiced the French paratroopers and spies. - This is the end".

So, it seems, the villains of all stripes were driven into their lair. After analyzing the militant talks and intelligence data, the commander of the Serval Brigade, General Bernard Barrera, outlined the area around a secluded valley on a map. It is here that the largest organized crime group in North Africa, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AKIM), sat down.

Competent authorities have warned that in this chaos of sand and granite, criminals can defend and hide almost for years, and if they wish, they can freely leave here. But it was not necessary to choose. Apparently, the devils decided to give their last fight here. And that's what they did.

Presidential Order

Tigargar's stripping operation was called the Panther. Giving instructions for its implementation, the French president very clearly set out his vision of the behavior of this predator - “search and destroy”. This wording came to mind and command, and ordinary soldiers. Moreover, there was no one to regret. As it turned out, the militants themselves were not going to take care of themselves.

An operation plan was developed in a few days. They decided to take the fortified area by massive assault from three sides. At the western entrance to the valley, near the town of Aquelock, GTIA3 is located - mainly units of marines with their armor and artillery, reinforced by army helicopters. Her combat units supported aviation at the appointed hour were to enter the valley from the west.

The allies of the French - 800 of selected fighters of the Guard and Special Forces of the Chad Army - moved to the north from Aqelok, the town of Tessalit, then marched along the border with Algeria along the road leading to the south and placed blocks on the northeast exit from the valley. Their command explained its mission as follows: “Go to the enemy from the rear in order to prevent the militants from leaving for Algeria”, the border of which is only 50 km from the place of operation. Well, respectively, then they had to attack from the east.

The group had a tough order - “not to release the enemy by blocks” by any means. Easy to talk to! For this, the Chadian outposts in the east were not enough. Militants had to completely block all possible routes of retreat to the north, to the Algerian border. It was possible to solve the problem in one way - to deliver a decisive blow from an unexpected direction for the militants — the northern direction and force them to go not to the north, but to the south.


To do this, in perfect secrecy in the mountains 500 transferred selected fighters. Those who were ready to go into the thick of it. From where they took these, it is not difficult to guess. The GTIA TAP mixed combat tactical group went to the mountains (for secrecy in the media, it was first held as GTIA4). But this GTIA is a completely different "mixture." TAP is a troupes aéroportées. In Russian - just airborne. In the local slaughter "cocktail" - the combined detachments of the second parachute regiment of the Foreign Legion and the first parachute regiment. Among them were those who most recently jumped on Timbuktu and Tessalit. So they descended from heaven to earth, and then had to go even further. Landing force, she is in Africa too ... And now the commander of the 1-second parachute drew an arrow on the map, and the landing force rushed forward. Into the unknown.

First throw in 9 kilometers to the tops of the mountains. Brave maneuver. “The militants thought that the Europeans would get tired. But we passed, and they broke. " So summed up the first results of the campaign one of the authors of the plan of the operation. What's next? The first line of defense of the enemy.

At first glance, there is no one in the rocks. In fact, all the gaps and cracks are stuffed with evil and extremely dangerous "spirits" here. Therefore, at first invisible reconnaissance planes swirled over the black cliffs of Tigargar. Those who, from afar, by their slave omens can determine the possible positions of the AQIM in this stone chaos.

But the positions of the enemy here are cut down so cunningly and deeply that they are often not visible from the drone and it is impossible to get either a bomb or a missile. Problems are solved in the old manner. The paratroopers reveal pockets of defense with direct fire contact. Straight from marching columns, carrying a kilogram on their backs on 40 – 50, the legionnaires rearrange themselves in battle formations and storm the granite holes of the “Akims”. Fight face to face. According to an eyewitness, "the fire was fired at a distance of ten, and sometimes three meters." Almost melee. “The first peak is taken, we go to the next. When the group gets stuck under fire, Tigre helicopters take care of the enemy to calm down. ”

The assault groups throw grenades into the galleries punched in the rocks, and then descend into these sinister black holes. They are waiting for suicide bombers, stretch marks, mazes of manholes and tunnels and a sophisticated system of barrage fire. “In one of these moves, the position of the jihadists was around the corner of the gallery, and they shot at us ricocheting from the wall,” one of the legion officers later recalled.

... After six days, the last unit crossed the mountains, and the paratroopers reached the target. Down in front of them lay the inferno. Valley Amethettai.

Death Valley

It was here that was the main Malian stronghold Akim. As romantic French reporters wrote, “the sky is so hot here that, it seems, black rocks can collapse from its heat”. Could, but, unfortunately, did not collapse, and the devils who hid under them had to be crushed by ordinary army methods. Ahead were the new finds - armories, secret auto repair shops, dead bodies of militants thrown at their positions. Each step was given with a fight. The atmosphere of the “valley of death” was figuratively described by one legionary: “Nobody here told us:“ Thank you for coming to Amemettai ”.

They are opposed by the shadows without past and future, names and homeland. As the French reporter writes: “No one will ever know what kind of people they were. How did they get here, what did they think about, dying, waiting for an assault, choking on the heat during the daytime hours and shivering from the cold at night. ” But they made their own choice.

... Militants try to trick thermal imagers. They know the capabilities of this technology and seek to minimize the thermal radiation of their organisms. They move in very small groups under the cover of trees and ledges of rocks. Cover your Toyota with a wet cloth. But not everyone can deceive the insidious technique.

Here in the path of the assault group lies the body of an action movie. Death flew to him on a rocket that hit the pickup truck, whose charred frame froze nearby. He was a strong guy - before he died he was able to crawl to the entrance to the crevice.

While the legionnaires are busy with the dead, in the neighboring part of the valley, where the other group is walking, gunfire is heard from behind a pile of stones. Yesterday we didn’t have time to comb these places, and here’s the result - legionnaires face off against militants AKIM. The battle is transient. "Akims" for some reason jump out of the shelter into the open space under the aimed fire. Apparently, their main task is to be killed, and as soon as possible. Warrior paratroopers immediately contribute to this.

Soon, the shooting begins in another, large cave. Here the militants had a hospital. Bandages and instruments are scattered on the sandy floor. Several medical beds, two of which are occupied by "Akims" who have died from wounds.

But here not only the dead - in the stone crack between the wall and the floor of the cave under the covers hid an armed fighter. Several soldiers do not notice him and calmly pass by. He jumps and only the reaction of professionals does not allow him to mess things up.

A little further from another chasm another “Akim” falls out. Very young, still a teenager. He is lightly wounded and stunned by the sound of gunfire. He does not intend to fight at all - first he raises his hands, and then greedily drinks water from the flask extended to him.


The fact that he survived is a double miracle. Empty plastic canisters scattered everywhere from under the water vividly confirm that in the valley that has become a deadly trap for the AKIM militants, they, scattered around such shelters, are tormented by unbearable thirst.

Not everyone can take it. On the sixth of March, after a brief persuasion of the megaphone, a group of militants surrendered to the legionnaires here. And where to go? Killed - bad. Hurt - even worse. Even if you manage to leave, there is practically no chance to survive. Legionnaires have already found the bodies of wounded militants who died from dehydration. Before his death, his comrades, apparently, tried to help - the needle from the dropper remained stuck in a vein.

It is interesting that at one time their leaders chose Amemettai precisely because there are year-round sources of water in this valley. They are, but the water supply system to all positions is not brought. And with the yoke to the stream here, of course, now they don’t give a chance to escape.

No exit?

If you don't want to give up, you have to leave. In some shelters, the French find weapons on a battle platoon. Militants throw it as it is to escape from here in the guise of civilians. But the chances of getting out alive are few. Flying French "tigers" here with the enemy do not stand on ceremony. On March 3, fourteen militants from a neighboring valley attempted to escape from the area of ​​operation in a truck, and all of them were shot from combat helicopters without further investigation.

As suggested by the plan of the operation, the militants are forced to go not to the north, to Algeria, but to the south. Here, the terrain is more difficult, and you have to get out on foot. So “got under the helicopter” group, leaving from the southern slopes of Tigargar. Cruel? “Without water, they will not go far anyway, and they won't last here,” the staff officer shrugs. “And they will not be allowed into the wells.”

But, of course, "Panther" is not all-powerful. The former head of French intelligence says this calmly: “It is clear that some of them will come out of the encirclement. They know the terrain well. Remember Al Qaeda in Tora Bor in Afghanistan: they were also surrounded and bombed too, but the majority managed to disappear. This zone is very difficult to block. We do not have enough strength for this, and every stone is familiar to the enemy here. Some live in these rocks for several years. They have long-standing ties with the Tuareg tribes in the area, who will eventually help them. Those who really want to quit will quit. Those who want to fight to the death will remain. ”

400 "Spartans"

Many wanted to fight to death here. According to intelligence data, about four hundred AKIM fighters defended the Amemettai valley. Over 250 killed. Mostly - foreign militants. Spread out in small groups throughout the valley, they were supposed to protect its core — the supply bases, the training camp, and the armories.

It is a lot of killed, it is not enough prisoners. Most fanatics wanted to death in the French legionnaire or paratrooper. And along the dry riverbed, and along the slopes of the mountains, the soldiers marched with utmost caution. Anywhere here, at any moment, a fighter could rise and open fire a few meters away.

An interesting case occurred here in early March. Then a small group of soldiers spent the night ten meters from the body of an AKIM militant. And at dawn, the body barely noticeably moved, and another “akim,” alive and healthy, rose over his dead comrade. After spending the whole night under the corpse, he was waiting for a good moment to defuse the horn in the French soldiers. With the moment, however, did not guess - they killed right away. The soldiers, too, are happy about such meetings and are always ready for them. According to one captain, in search of the enemy here, "almost every stone is palpable."


The 3rd GTIA was advancing on the valley from the west. Marines of the 1st regiment on "wheeled tanks»AMX 10 RC. They also got it, and they honestly paid tribute to the fighting spirit of the AQIM fighters. “They were not afraid ... They went to our“ armor ”with machine guns in their hands. An hour after the start of the attack, the "castle" blocking the entrance to the valley was not yet broken. " A dense defense was also organized here - 14.7 mm memory on the tops of the rocks, mini-bunkers with food, water and ammunition. Like in Vietnam.

In addition, the marines were the first to experience the innovations of "akims". IED Previously, undermining a canister of fertilizers — a type of combat activity familiar to the same Taliban — was rare in Africa. The fighting in Amemettay confirmed fears - the "akims" actively used the "Afghan" battle schemes using homemade mines. It happened in the very first battle of the Marines. Undermining of a VAB mine (BTR) and fire from all sides, plus a maneuver to push the Marines into the fire bag.

Then, despite the dashing shootout, there were no losses. There was, however, a moment when the bullet hit the paratrooper's helmet, but he miraculously survived. But 16 in March, in the same area, under similar circumstances, another Marines was not so lucky. During a military raid, under the "AMV 10 RC" tank was undermined by Corporal Van Doren from the first regiment of the marines. Three more Marines - crew members were injured.

According to the official representative of the headquarters of the grouping Colonel Burckhard, “the militants here stood firmly. No retreat at all. They wanted to hold their positions. They have been here for a very long time, and the terrain is well equipped. They have both trenches and enough weapons for a long defense. ” However, for the regular army analysis of the “long defense” is a matter of a few hours. And the marines knew that they would still bring down the castle from the “southern gate” of the Amemettai valley. And shot down. What did "akims" dream about? Kill yourself and kill others. This is what they wanted to carry with them to the grave.

Children of war

On the very first night of the operation, the soldiers saw with surprise how, in the moonlight, along the “valley of death”, a boy came to their positions. As soon as a warning shot was made in the air and the order was given to stop, the boy immediately pulled up his shirt to show that there was no “suicide belt” under it, and only then raised his hands. It was an exact compliance with the security requirements adopted in the French army. How did he know about them?

No wonder. Children here are fairly well educated. Only they are not taught what is needed at their age. How to approach the military, they know. They know how to shoot weapons that are sometimes larger than themselves. According to the officer, "before such boys provided the AIM fighters with information." However, the guy turned out to be harmless. Can not be said about others.

Legionnaire tells how during the stripping of the mountain ridge they came across traces of "Akims". “Traces led up to a small cleft in the rocks. At the entrance stood four militants. Hid here for two or three days. Automatic at the ready. They waited for someone to pass by. If this happened, they would have a great chance to open fire to us in the back, and then to massacre here. ”

Seeing the soldiers, one of the militants directs the machine in their direction. As usual, this is the last movement in his life. The rest surrender. To the surprise of the French, two of them are teenagers, about fifteen years old. They are immediately sent to a doctor and evacuated to headquarters, from where they will later be handed over to the Red Cross.

According to a legion officer, “the jihadists recruited, or rather,“ caught up ”a large number of children here, armed and trained them. This is me to the fact that AQIM here is not such select troops as we imagined. ” Why did this happen?

The secret was revealed at the end of March, when the leadership of AKIM began to actively persuade its militants from Syria to return to Africa. As it turned out, even suicide bombers are now willing to break up into fragments in more comfortable conditions than the native desert can offer.

The final

7 March. Collection on the end of the first phase of the operation. Tired, sun-scorched faces with lips cracked from the heat. But in the eyes - pride. “I promised beer. There will be beer! ”Says General Barrera at the end of the ceremony. “Cold?” - In the accent of the legionary who shouted this humorous question - a firm “p”, which betrays his Slavic origin.

Before the Minister of Defense –16 tons of trophies. Thousands of rockets and grenades, more than 60 thousands of rounds, one and a half thousand shells, twenty artillery units - BM-21, three 122-mm D-30, one 100-mm gun, 82-mm and 62-mm mortars. Detonators and mixtures for IEDs. But they took not only weapons. Here are bags of rice, packets of sugar, jars of butter, canned food, powdered milk and green Chinese tea. And the old black iron chest, which, judging by the form, was actively carried from place to place. On its side - painted in white paint and topped with a crescent "Masjid al-Haram" - the Great Mosque in Mecca.

Destroyed two dozen battlewagon'ov - pickups with large-caliber machine guns and chargers. With prisoners, however, not a lot, only about a dozen. Among the prisoners - a citizen of France. The thirty-eight-year-old Algerian, a native of Grenoble, was taken with arms.

But this is not the end. From 18 to 21 March, the operation continues in the Terz Valley, south of Amemettai. 20 March, it was here that the Chadians and GTIA 3 met. The sappers blew up a truck full of shells and ammunition, and in the caches they found an 14.5-mm machine gun, an LNG-9, mortars and a Chinese 107 type 85 RPU. From 21 to 25 March, the operation continues, but there is no resistance anymore. GTIA TAP returns to Tessalit, and GTIA 3 begins to clean the eastern part of the Iforis plateau.

For AQIM, the results of the fighting in the valley are disappointing. More than three hundred militants have been slaughtered, deadly "good" gathered here for years. Things in Tigargar showed that the partisans were powerless against the regular army even in defense. Is someone gone? Let be. Akim will never have a quiet corner in the Amemettai valley. Training centers, warehouses with weapons and food, hospitals, repair shops ... Do they still have fortified areas of this level? The commander of the French contingent, General Barrera, is firmly convinced: “There was a citadel. We destroyed it. The militants have only a backyard. ”

It was not at all possible to war with the "akims", and they returned to the usual methods of "struggle." On March 10, "in response to the entry of French troops in Mali," a French citizen captured in Mali was executed in 2011 year. What else can they do? As this spring in the Sahara has shown, nothing.
But other Africans can. The Chadian Cossacks not only captured the main militants headquarters and the richest trophies for the entire operation in Tigargar, but also drove to death one of the al Qaeda leaders in Africa. About this - in the second part of "Peckle".
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  1. Terrible ensign
    Terrible ensign 30 August 2013 09: 23
    Not entirely clear (in the context of this site) some kind of "cartoon" propaganda material ... In the style of Soviet journalism of the 70s, early 80s. A cheerful message ... Like it was difficult, but what a great fellow we are! .. I would like to see a normal, competent analysis of the operation. After I came across the third passage "about black rocks splitting (melting) from the heat" all desire to read to the end disappeared.
    When I meet with a friend who serves in the "etranger legion" and is now in Mali (the end of the trip is approximately November * 13) I will receive more balanced and complete information about the situation and the French database. If possible, I will share it with my colleagues on this site.
  2. Tatarus
    Tatarus 30 August 2013 09: 28
    PR of France? Here? Some kind of nonsense. It’s better to write more about Syria. Or are we being distracted from Syria?
    1. Volkhov
      Volkhov 30 August 2013 10: 18
      There, half of the Russians - they kill white Tuaregs for the sake of blacks, so the Fisanovichs are praised.
      In the mixed cities of Mali, blacks organized ethnic cleansing of the white Tuaregs - the remnants went to the rocks with Gaddafi’s weapons.
    2. washi
      washi 30 August 2013 20: 10
      What is France? The Foreign Legion is fighting, and there the French do not smell. A lot of citizens of the USSR
      1. datur
        datur 30 August 2013 21: 50
        [quote = Vasya] What is France? The Foreign Legion is fighting, and there the French do not smell. A lot of citizens of the USSR --- but the Legion is fighting for the interests of France and on the orders of France !!!
  3. Vodrak
    Vodrak 30 August 2013 09: 46
    Oh, my heart feels we will clash with these guys in the Syrian open spaces ...
    But the French know how to fight is not so bad ..
    1. carbofo
      carbofo 30 August 2013 13: 44
      This is a foreign legion, it's difficult to call them French!
  4. sergant89
    sergant89 30 August 2013 09: 58
    A huge minus is that the PR is a frog battalion, in the open spaces of geyrops throw such articles there and they give it up with democracy and tolerance negative
  5. tilovaykrisa
    tilovaykrisa 30 August 2013 10: 16
    What a continuous PR of the French Legion.
    1. carbofo
      carbofo 30 August 2013 13: 51
      Well, in general, this is one of the few real combat units, and they are quite able to fight.
      In addition, there are a lot of Slavs, and even then they know how to fight.
    2. Free Island
      Free Island 30 August 2013 16: 54
      maybe they have a shortage? after all, PHIL has already been ranked as a regular army in France (it used to be separate) and the requirements for candidates have been increased. Now they do not take thugs, gopniks, pedophiles and other hooligans with a dark past, criminal records, those who are wanted, and so on. Apparently, such measures have reduced the influx of fighters into the PHIL ... here and a new advertising campaign has begun)))
  6. Krsk
    Krsk 30 August 2013 11: 58
    Everyone knows everything about the "great army of the Guardians". The fact that the legion is combat-ready we know and we also know that in the legion from France he is just French. Would you better explain who these devils who are being chased around Mali bred? Monsieur Sarkozy for some ...... crap got into Libya to defend the result: now the glorious sons of France are sitting in the heat and cleaning up those whom they themselves helped in Libya. Geyrop is increasingly reminiscent of the theater of the absurd. And it would seem that everything is just before you start to act, think.
  7. KG_patriot_last
    KG_patriot_last 30 August 2013 12: 04
    In one place they kill terrorists, in another place they are forced to fight shoulder to shoulder with them - the policy of their authorities ...
  8. Rider
    Rider 30 August 2013 12: 19
    I’ll insert my 20 cents.

    everyone says "PR"
    but this is NOT ONLY PR, it is a TALE.
    just read the article just dazzles with statements like: an insidious experienced enemy, a well-planned ambush, a dangerous opponent, fierce resistance, a fight to the last.
    that is, the adversary’s stamina and training are underlined ALL.


    not that I am bloodthirsty and thirsty for "mountains of corpses"
    BUT - war does not happen without losses, and if the enemy managed to draw close to you at a distance of dagger fire and opened fire first (and in fact it happens if you are ambushed) then LOSS FROM YOUR PARTY JUST CAN'T BE.

    and in the article some kind of fairy tale, they were ambushed - no one was hurt.
    then the spirit was hiding 10 meters from the legionnaires, competently fluttering, but when he decided to shoot, they laid him first, then in the rocks, letting a few soldiers pass by, he decided to open it over others - he was unlucky again.
    it seems that the French enchanted Mademoiselle luck with their galsky charm.

    and only in a small chapter water given (though not intentionally) the answer to such a "luck"

    this is what predetermined the victory of the French.

    they competently blocked from the air the approaches to the sources, waited until the spirits began to dry out, and they came from all directions.
    this is the reason for all the "luck" and strange behavior of the mujiks.

    it's not like fighting, just moving around is a problem.

    Here's the end of the story.
    1. Nayhas
      Nayhas 30 August 2013 14: 34
      Quote: Rider
      Here's the end of the story.

      If everything is well organized, then what's wrong with that?
      1. Rider
        Rider 30 August 2013 15: 23
        Quote: Nayhas
        If everything is well organized, then what's wrong with that?

        But did I say that this is bad?
        1. Nayhas
          Nayhas 30 August 2013 19: 49
          Then it is difficult to understand you. "this is a fairytale.
          just read the article just dazzles with statements like: an insidious experienced enemy, a well-planned ambush, a dangerous opponent, fierce resistance, a fight to the last.
          that is, the staunchness and training of the enemy is HIGHLY emphasized. "
          There is a lot of irony in your words about what the French did. I suppose I agree that the opposing sides were not in equal positions, the French had an advantage. But they used their 99,99% advantage, what's wrong with that? Everything is relative. In 1994 The Russian army had undoubted superiority over the Dudayev army, it completed the task with certain losses. In 1999 The Russian army accomplished the same task with less casualties. In July 2012 the Syrian army stormed Aleppo tried to do the same, but could not. Total. Superiority over the enemy DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE PERFORMANCE OF THE STATED TASK!
          1. Rider
            Rider 30 August 2013 23: 03
            Quote: Nayhas
            . In 1994 The Russian army had a clear superiority over the army of Dudaev

            yes, in tanks and aircraft, in manpower (which entered the city) - no.
            besides, you decided to compare the battles in the city with a 15000 group, and the thirst quenching FOUR PERSON ?

            you are the original.
    2. carbofo
      carbofo 30 August 2013 20: 50
      Well, the corpse itself doesn’t fall for the NVD, and the small movement is the same, but when the watchmen got up then they noticed it!
      Well, judging by the articles about our actions in Chechnya, there were dense battles at distances of tens of meters and without losses. So losses are not an indicator. A significant part is simply injured, do not forget all the broniki.
      Well, if you do everything correctly, then the effect will be.
      1. Rider
        Rider 30 August 2013 23: 00
        Quote: carbofo
        Well, if you do everything correctly, then the effect will be.

        necessarily will.
        that's just the article is written so that a bunch of inconsistencies are striking.
        therefore wrote - TALE.

        and by the way for AKM, bronik from a short distance is not a hindrance.
        Well, they will not carry the shell of the 6th level of protection in the heat.

        and the case with "hiding under a corpse" is completely nonsense.
        Legionnaires enjoy sleeping next to the dead man?
        and this despite the fact that in such heat he stinks after a few hours.

        just for the catchphrase he wrote "at 10 m" but in fact - about a hundred, so he was waiting for dawn so that he would not get under the NVG.
        and there he moved well, and further, as you said.
        1. carbofo
          carbofo 30 August 2013 23: 46
          I have not been there, so I can only focus on what is written.
          Fortune telling is not my profile.

          and by the way for AKM, bronik from a short distance is not a hindrance.
          Well, they will not carry the shell of the 6th level of protection in the heat.

          The 6th level of which, they have a different classification, if you are already 4, it’s okay to protect us from Kalash, of course it is limited.
          Grade 6 implies non-penetration of 7.62x54 ammunition, so it keeps bullets from Kalash well.
          As for those broniks in which they roamed, then I am not aware of the models of western broniks, respectively, I can not judge their level of protection.
    3. Dovmont
      Dovmont 31 August 2013 19: 50
      And how many victories are there for the valiant French special forces? Is this the first one?
  9. smart ass
    smart ass 30 August 2013 13: 02
    I don’t understand at first they supply the militants in Syria with weapons .... Then they themselves are at war with the militants armed with the same weapons))) No problem ... well then let's create them !!
  10. Nursultan
    Nursultan 30 August 2013 13: 37
    I agree with Rider KZ .. in the fifty-degree heat it's not like shooting, it's hard to go. The Gauls, as always, probably drank the Asterix broth and forth. Spirits probably lying hands raised ...))))
    1. Vasia kruger
      Vasia kruger 30 August 2013 16: 07
      A good comment about Asterix broth)))))
  11. Buran
    Buran 30 August 2013 16: 12
    The whole operation in Mali looks strange. From the beginning to today. The authorities of Mali simply simply sold the country to the French, under the sauce of anti-terror. That’s why there are no losses or significant battle clashes. But Oland was convinced that he had fought in truth, and therefore he was climbing into Syria. A chewing gum article for French people.
  12. Glory333
    Glory333 30 August 2013 17: 47
    The colonial war for uranium, no sympathy for either the French or their opponents, or both of our enemies.
  13. Buran
    Buran 30 August 2013 18: 02
    I re-read the article. The feeling of debelism is complete. Who is this article for? The level of professionalism of the author, a school wall newspaper to order from a pioneer leader.“They are losing control of the situation,” the French paratroopers and spies rejoiced. - This is the end".I see straight how paratroopers and spies jump for joy and clap their hands laughing
  14. APASUS
    APASUS 30 August 2013 20: 49
    Just some animals, not the French!
  15. SlavaP
    SlavaP 31 August 2013 00: 08
    C'mon, they scrape together somehow on 80 million French 600 real men
    1. Volkhov
      Volkhov 31 August 2013 23: 15
      They also scraped together in the Russian Federation - there is a battalion of approximately from the Airborne Forces, like "Spanish volunteers" - formally FIL. In general, a joint operation between France, the Russian Federation (transport aircraft, weapons for blacks, instructors), the USA (military transport vehicles and tankers) and Britain (refueling bases) - and all against a few Tuaregs - hunting for Indians.
      It is written in such a triumph that it is unlikely that even half of the Russian volunteers will remain - they systematically search the Sahara and mines and machine guns in ambushes - the delight is caused by the double ethnic cleansing of the Tuaregs in Africa and Russians in Russia - here and there black will take the place of whites.
  16. Stalinets
    Stalinets 31 August 2013 20: 42
    About whom, this quibbling article "" legionnaires are being reorganized into battle formations ""? Well, of course, now everyone is Islamists. Local aborigines, nobody wants. Only interfere. There were Ukrainians too. Mercenaries, these are romantic guys ... laughing Fight for freedom, equality and fraternity laughing laughing laughing
  17. Andreiskii
    Andreiskii 15 July 2014 13: 11
    For the most part, it was, only more people were killed, 4 people, and about 30 allies, well, about the killed Aboriginal people, they exaggerated 200 people. And so ... the person who wrote was clearly not there.