Two helicopters carrying French soldiers collided on Monday, 25 November, during an operation against jihadists in Mali, the French president’s office has said in a statement.

The Elysee Palace confirmed the death of thirteen French troops in the accident, which took place in the region of Sahel, south-western Mali.

According to the statement, among the victims were six army officers, six non-commissioned officers, and one corporal.

There has been no word on what caused the collision.

The fallout from the Libyan civil war has fueled a jihadist insurgence in the north of Mali, which spilled into central parts of the country in 2012. French army intervened in 2013 following a request by the internationally-recognized Mali government.

 

Source: Sputnik

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The French have been plundering and slave trading in Africa for over 300 years and now the locals are fed up. These helicopters were shot down and did not “crash”. Their American masters also tell the same lies after losing hundreds of helicopters in Afghanistan, Iraq and all the Zionist fanned wars in the Muslim world.

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If Africa is poor now, it’s thanks to the Soviets who gave millions of AK-47 to destabilise the continent for their own profit. France went to war in Mali in January 2013 to expel your friends in the Islamic Ansar Dine militant group and the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (both al-Qaeda linked) who carved out a califate in north-east Mali. Kurds greeting Russian/Turkey patrols in Syria : Turks pelted by Kurds in Syria : And : Meanwhile Africans are so fed up with that French are greeted this way, no matter what your propaganda says :… Read more »

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African people are poor because of your exploitation. And the AK-47 were spread throughout Africa thanks to your aggression against Libya. How people in Mali feel about France: -“Protests against French forces in Mali turn deadly” -“Anti-France, MINUSMA rally held in Bamako, Mali” -“Mali: Protests over Franc currency zone and French influence in Bamako September 14” -“The French were hailed as liberators in Mali in the aftermath of a b****y coup that left the land-locked former colony exposed. These days, Malians want them gone.” The thing that proves the “benefits” of cooperation with France is the corruption charge in the… Read more »

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Oh, BTW, Bravo for the fake news! And better, the 4 imbeciles to upvote the Ilya Ilyayev lies. Even his brothers in AQIM (al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb) don’t pretend having shot these choppers down and the wreckages show ZERO traces of machinegun’s***t or of ManPADS shrapnel… We have 5 serious imbeciles around. In Afghanistan, over 18 years, 30 coalition helicopters and 8 fixed wing aircraft were lost to hostile fire, added to 2 contractor aircraft. Note that all the fixed wing aircraft were lost due to attacks while they were on their bases, none was ever shot down. Coalition lost… Read more »

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Monday’s operation took place in the Liptako area, in the troubled “tri-border region” where Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger meet. The French military said their commandos had been operating on the ground in the area for several days. Hours before the incident, they picked up the trail of a group of al-Qaeda-associated jihadists, who were in a pick-up truck and on motorbikes. A Cougar helicopter, carrying commandos and a mission commander, joined the force to coordinate the action and to be prepared to “extract” a person from the ground. However, it hit a Tiger gunship-chopper while manoeuvring to prepare engagement… Read more »

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“In a surge of attacks during October-November, over 100 Mali soldiers were killed. The attacks increased political discontent towards the government from the military community The attacks also increased discontent towards the French peacekeeping forces located in the central part of the country. In response to the attacks, the military abandoned isolated outposts in the north.”

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Ouch! Sux.
RIP heroes

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Being thumbdowned by 3 fanboys of Ansar-Dine, MUJAO (both al-Qaeda branches) or Boko-Haram (ISIS) is a badge of honour. I hope we’ll get you.

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“ISIS used US, French-made equipment in east Syria – SANA”