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French, Malian forces retake
front-line town from Islamists

Reuters, by Bate Felix & Tiemoko Diallo*

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Posted By:BuckeyeRon, 1/18/2013 12:33:42 PM

Bamako/Markala, Mali-French and Malian soldiers wrested control of the central town of Diabaly from Islamist rebels on Friday, its mayor said, and West African reinforcements arrived in Bamako to take on the insurgents dominating the north of Mali. France, warning that Islamist control over Mali´s vast desert north threatens the security of Africa and the West, had targeted Diabaly in an eighth day of air strikes aimed at dislodging hardened al Qaeda-linked fighters there.(Snip) A total of 2,500 French troops are expected in Mali but Paris is keen to swiftly hand the mission over to West Africa´s ECOWAS bloc,

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*(Additional reporting by Tiemoko Diallo and Adama Diarra in Bamako, Benkoro Sangare in Niono, Noel Tadegnon in Lome and David Lewis in Dakar; Writing by Daniel Flynn and David Lewis; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Feebie, 1/18/2013 1:23:33 PM     (No. 9124703)

Boy, and just when you thought the French couldn´t force the surrender of a troop of unarmed girl scouts...

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BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I´ve gotta tell, another little thing about Nelson Mandela. Do you realize in a couple of ways, maybe even more than a couple, Nelson Mandela has more in common or had more in common with Clarence Thomas than he does with Barack Obama? For example, Nelson Mandela (even prior to becoming president, but certainly after he became president of South Africa) insisted on compliance with his country´s constitution. He insisted on it. Obama looks at the US Constitution as an obstacle and makes end runs around it every day, practically. In that sense... These are the kind of

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Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 12/6/2013 7:08:26 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Let me give you what is, I think, one of the most amazing things I ever heard Nelson Mandela say. We had fun with Mandela when he was in New York, when he came to New York and went to Yankees Stadium. But I´ll tell you, there are very few people that could have undergone what he went through and maintained any sense of dignity or optimism.(Snip) "Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies." Is that not great? And it´s great because it´s exactly right. Resentment doesn´t do anybody any good.

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