Front Page
NMJ Search
NMJ Radio
Constitutional Literacy
NMJ Shop
Links, Etc...
Site Information
About Us
Contact Us
  US Senate
  US House

Paris received unanimous backing from the 15-member UN Security Council, as it continued to launch air strikes in northern Mali against Islamist rebels who control the region.
Social Bookmarking
Print this page.
France to Triple Troops in Mali
A convoy of French tanks rolled towards Mali's restive north on Tuesday as part of a growing Malian-French offensive to retake the region from Islamist rebels. Earlier in the day, France's defense ministry also announced plans to increase the number of troops it has on the ground to 2,500.

France's bold decision to bolster its military presence in Mali came as French President François Hollande was in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for an official visit. Speaking at a press conference in Dubai, Hollande said that France's intervention in the unstable West African country had three main goals.

"Our objectives are as follows," Hollande said. "One, to stop terrorists seeking to control the country, including the capital Bamako. Two, we want to ensure that Bamako is secure, noting that several thousand French nationals live there. Three, enable Mali to retake its territory, a mission that has been entrusted to an African force that France will support."

Hollande added that France would not end its intervention in Mali until the country was "safe."

Speaking at a press conference in Paris later on Tuesday, France's Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian echoed Hollande's comments, as well as praised the military's swift action while outlining France's military strategy in Mali.

"We will continue our airstrikes targeting terrorist groups in the north of Mali...Secondly, we will continue to increase the number of troops deployed in Mali, and thirdly, we are continuing to coordinate with our European partners, who I would like to mention, to accelerate the deployment of African military forces," Drian said.

The defense minister went on to say that as of Tuesday, France had 800 troops in Mali...

On Monday, Paris received unanimous backing from the 15-member UN Security Council, as it continued to launch air strikes in northern Mali against Islamist rebels who control the region.

"All our allies have recognized that France is acting in accordance to international law and the UN charter," French ambassador to the UN, Gérard Araud, told reporters in New York. He insisted that his country's objective was to oversee the "rapid implementation of UN Resolution 2085," which was adopted last month.

Nevertheless, France and Mali remained largely isolated in the war effort.

French and Malian soldiers on the frontline were still waiting for the deployment of a promised 3,300-strong multi-nation African force.

Army chiefs representing members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) were meeting in Bamako, and a Nigerian army spokesman said that the first soldiers from a 900-strong Nigerian force joining the Mali offensive would arrive within 24 hours.

Benin, Ghana, Niger, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Togo have also said they would send troops, but France's Hollande said it would take at least a week before they landed in Mali.


The informational and educational pamphlet series is now available for Kindle and iPad. Click here to find out more...

The New Media Journal and are not funded by outside sources. We exist exclusively on donations from our readers and contributors.
Please make a sustaining donation today.

Opinions expressed by contributing writers are expressly their own and may or may not represent the opinions of, its editorial staff, board or organization.  Reprint inquiries should be directed to the author of the article. Contact the editor for a link request to is not affiliated with any mainstream media organizations. is not supported by any political organization.  Responsibility for the accuracy of cited content is expressly that of the contributing author. All original content offered by is copyrighted. supports and its goal: the liberation of the American voter from partisan politics and special interests in government through the primary-source, fact-based education of the American people.

FAIR USE NOTICE: This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance a more in-depth understanding of critical issues facing the world. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 USC Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

The Media © 1998-2014    Content Copyright © Individual authors
Powered by ExpressionEngine 1.70 and M3Server