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#41 Simon Tan

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 0512 AM

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#42 BansheeOne

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 0510 AM

9th Marine Brigade from Poitiers is reported to deploy a battalion group including AMX-10RC to Mali.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 0807 AM

As an aside, there is a joint session of the French and German parliaments here tomorrow. Mr Hollande will hold a speech, too, and lunch is down in our hall. Security is totally off the rocker, we'll hardly be able to move in our own building.
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 0814 AM

Checkpoint at the bridge across the hall?
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 0852 AM

I hope not, though almost the entire ground level including the restaurant and tunnel to the Reichstag as well as the Reichstag itself are off limits, and we are supposed to use only the main entrance during the lunch. Which is of course during our own lunch time - I hope they'll at least let us get out via the south exit to get to the main canteen rather than make us run around the building in the snow.
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#46 Dave Clark

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 0928 AM

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Oooh, that takes me back to my days on Saladin - 40 years ago (ouch!)
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Posted 22 January 2013 - 1051 AM

9th Marine Brigade from Poitiers is reported to deploy a battalion group including AMX-10RC to Mali.


Apparently the US is somewhat reluctant to pick up the transport tab.
http://online.wsj.co...4061131556.html
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Posted 22 January 2013 - 1053 AM

Oooh, that takes me back to my days on Saladin - 40 years ago (ouch!)


How many furlongs per stone of coal did those things get?
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 0702 AM

Burned technical:
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 0734 AM

Some film footage showing the same technicals, + a BTR-60 and a BRDM-2:
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 0751 AM

Burned technical:


BTR-60PB/BRDM-2 turret?
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 0840 AM

Or half of a cement mixer.
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 1923 PM

Hmmm....Libyan landcruisers with Libyan ersatz mounts and Libyan heavy weapons. I wonder where they got them from, Secretary Clinton?
Ohhhh...your head hurts and you have no memory.
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 1926 PM

OK, now the French are in it......when does the Sonderkommandoverbande 'Kamerun' ship out?
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Posted 26 January 2013 - 1240 PM

now the sentinel is getting a piece of the action, at least we're getting some use out of it before it's scrapped.

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A No 5 (Army Cooperation) Squadron Sentinel aircraft departs from RAF Waddington for Africa [Picture: Sergeant Si Pugsley, Crown Copyright/MOD 2013]


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Posted 26 January 2013 - 1530 PM

When I heard about this whole situation, the use of the standard 4x4 VAB APC with the .50cal HMG mount was of no surprise. However as an escort vehicle surely the 6x6 version with the 25mm-armed turret would be of use? Have any of those been sighted yet? I haven't seen any pictures of one or anything on the news yet.

As for the burned out technical, I was going to say it could be the turret of a BMP-1 with the gun barrel facing away from the camera? Seems like quite a few of those have been showing up recently.
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Posted 27 January 2013 - 0618 AM

French and Malian forces approach Timbuktu

Troops are said to be pressing towards key city in northern Mali after seizing Gao from al-Qaida-linked Islamists

Luke Harding in Sévaré and Kim Willsher in Paris and agencies
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 27 January 2013 10.42 GMT

French and Malian troops have held a strategic bridge and the airport in the northern town of Gao as their force presses towards Timbuktu, officials say.

The advances come as French and African land forces also make their way to Gao from neighbouring Niger in an effort to defeat the al-Qaida-linked Islamists who seized control of northern Mali more than nine months ago.

The French military announced late on Saturday that it had liberated the town of Gao, though other officials said the fight to control it was still in progress. Lieutenant Colonel Diarran Kone, a spokesman for Mali's defence minister, said on Sunday that the forces were patrolling Gao and had maintained their hold over the bridge and airport overnight.

The advance on Gao marked the biggest achievement yet for the French and Malian troops since they began their operation to oust the Islamist radicals two weeks ago.

Around 600 French-led troops were said to be on their way to Timbuktu, on the southern edge of the Sahara, from where several Europeans have been taken hostage. French forces are reported to have captured Lere, on the road to the desert city.

It remains unclear, though, what kind of resistance the forces in Gao will face in the coming days.

The French defence ministry said Malian reinforcements and troops from Chad and Niger had flown in and would have the task of securing Gao and its surrounding area.

Gao airport is around 3.7 miles (6km) east of the town itself. The bridge over the Niger river is at the southern entrance to Gao, one of the three main towns in northern Mali, and around 750 miles (1,200km) from the capital, Bamako. The Islamist positions in the town, described by officials in Paris as the "training camps, infrastructure and logistic bases for the terrorist groups", had already been targeted by French air strikes.

This area of northern Mali, including the key towns of Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu, has been under the control of Islamic fundamentalists since it was overrun by an alliance of Tuareg rebels and Islamists last April.

All communication with Timbuktu has been cut off, but local sources said the town was practically deserted as the rebels fled to villages and mountain areas further north while the French intervention force advanced.

Residents in Sévaré, on the road to Gao, said on Saturday they were delighted to see the French troops. "Gao is a big city. We think the rebellion is finished," said Bah Mamadoo. "This has all been made possible by the French intervention. They are helping us and our army."

As the French and Malian soldiers advanced, one Islamist group announced that it was prepared to "negotiate the liberation" of a French hostage, Gilberto Rodriguez Leal, held since he was kidnapped in the west of Mali in November last year.

At the same time as French and Malian troops were advancing on Gao, a column of soldiers and tanks from Chad, based in Niger, left the capital, Niamey, to head for the Mali border, where a contingent of Nigerian troops is camped. Both forces are under orders to head for Gao, which is less than three hours from the border.

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http://www.guardian....proach-timbuktu

There are reports of a platoon of Leclercs being deployed with the second French battalion group.
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Posted 27 January 2013 - 1714 PM

Either the French are kicking butt or the Islamists are melting away for another day.
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Posted 27 January 2013 - 1825 PM

Nord a Libie!
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Posted 27 January 2013 - 2353 PM

now the sentinel is getting a piece of the action, at least we're getting some use out of it before it's scrapped.


Why? where RAF will get a SAR-MTI radar like that? UAV?
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