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From the circle of people around President Hollande came the confession that militants are better equipped and trained than expected.
Parsifal, Jan 15, 2013
'What impressed us as their modern weapons and their ability to use them,' said a government official.
The helicopter had to perform an emergency landing and the pilot, Lieutenant Damien Boiteux, died of his injuries by gunfire.
The helicopter was shot down during an attack on a convoy of the Islamists, who was traveling between the cities of Mopti in central Mali Sevare.
'Initially we thought is it just rabble that was driving with their Toyotas and some guns,' the official said.
'But they proved to be well equipped, well armed and well trained.'
French officials believe the Islamists have received their weapons during the attack on Libya, as they were provided by NATO and the Gulf States with weapons to overthrow Gaddafi.
'In Libya, they got modern weapons that are more effective than we imagined.'
In order not to suffer further losses of official stressed, 'The key now is the 'Africanization' of the conflict, which means the rapid deployment of African troops.
It is the responsibility of Africans to restore the integrity of Mali,' he added.
For that to happen, the French believe, the Islamists from the major cities in the north are sold, from Kidal, Gao and Timbuktu, which were bombed on Sunday by French fighter planes intensively.
It was not mentioned under this rain of bombs mainly the civilian population is suffering.
Had suffered another defeat the French on Monday as the Islamists were advancing further south and the city Diabali, 400km north of the capital, Bamako, in the fight against French and Malian soldiers have taken.
How can anyone be surprised if the French were one of the driving forces in war against Ghaddafi and NATO and its allies have made sure that the rebels (then they were called so) were equipped with weapons ?
The irony now meet and kill these weapons in Mali the former suppliers and partners.
That's what happens when you use the terrorists to overthrow disagreeable governments France !
Heavily armed, which then go somewhere else and bite the hand that has fed them.
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