Gunships lead French operation against rebels in Mali

I have written before about the increased conflict in Mali, and the goals of the imperialist powers to get a greater foothold in Africa.   Now it looks like France, the former colonial occupier of Mali, is conducting military actions in the country under the typical pretense of “terrorism.”

From The Telegraph (U.K.):

French helicopter gunships have launched attacks on rebels in Mali, in the first act of what appears to be a dramatic new western military intervention.

French special forces and government soldiers then drove out rebels who support al-Qaeda from a key desert town on Saturday, turning back a rebel advance.

Britain and America announced their support for the operation, ordered by French President Francois Hollande after the Islamists threatened to break out of their northern stronghold and invade the south of the country.

A simultaneous commando operation launched on Friday night to try to rescue a French hostage held in Somalia by Shabab fighters went badly wrong. The French defence ministry said the hostage, Denis Allex, a French soldier who had been held since 2009, was killed along with two of the French rescuers. Seventeen Somalian fighters were also killed.

“Faced with the instransigence of the terrorists, who refused to negotiate for three and and half years and who were holding Denis Allex in inhumane conditions, an operation was planned and carried out,” a spokesman for the ministry said.