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    France Declares War on al-Qaida After Aid Worker Beheaded

    Even France gets it. It is WAR.

    France Declares War on al-Qaida After Aid Worker Beheaded

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    PARIS (July 27) -- France has declared war on al-Qaida, and matched its fighting words with a first attack on a base camp of the terror network's North African branch, after the terror network killed a French humanitarian worker it took hostage in April.

    The declaration and attack marked a shift in strategy for France, usually discrete about its behind-the-scenes battle against terrorism.

    "We are at war with al-Qaida," Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Tuesday, a day after President Nicolas Sarkozy announced the death of 78-year-old hostage Michel Germaneau. The humanitarian worker had been abducted April 20 or 22 in Niger by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, and was later taken to Mali, officials said.


    The death of 78-year-old hostage Michel Germaneau has prompted France to declare war on al-Qaida. Here, President Nicolas Sarkozy speaks to the press at Elysee Palace on Monday in Paris.

    The killers will "not go unpunished," Sarkozy said in unusually strong language, given France's habit of employing quiet cooperation with its regional allies - Mauritania, Mali, Niger and Algeria - in which the al-Qaida franchise was spawned amid an Islamist insurgency.

    The Salafist Group for Call and Combat formally merged with al-Qaida in 2006 and spread through the Sahel region - parts of Mauritania, Mali and Niger.

    Officials suggest France will activate accords with these countries to stop the terrorists in their tracks.

    "It's a universal threat that concerns the entire world ... not just France or the West," Defense Minister Herve Morin said Tuesday on France-2 television. "We will support local authorities so these assassins and (their) commanders are tracked, judged and taken before justice and punished. And, yes, we will help them."

    Algeria, Mauritania, Mali and Niger in April opened a joint military headquarters deep in the desert to respond to threats from traffickers and the al-Qaida offshoot. U.S. Special Forces have helped the four nations train troops in recent years.

    Fillon refused to say how France would act. "But we will," he said in an interview with Europe 1 radio.

    And perhaps it already has. On Thursday, the French backed Mauritanian forces in attacking an al-Qaida camp on the border with Mali, killing at least six suspected terrorists.

    Experts confirmed it was the first attack outside Algeria on an al-Qaida base, and the first known time France has taken part.

    France said it was a last-ditch effort to save its citizen, while Mauritania said it was trying to stop an imminent attack by fighters gathering at the base. For the French, the move may have backfired. The al-Qaida group said in an audio message broadcast Sunday that it had killed Germaneau in retaliation for the raid. However, French officials suggested, however, that the hostage, who had a heart problem, may already have been dead. Even now, "We have no proof of life or death," Morin said.

    "We can expect an increase in the French riposte," said Antoine Sfeir, an expert on Islamist terrorists who has traveled in the region.

    An estimated 400-500 such fighters are thought to roam the Sahel region, a desert expanse as large as the European Union.

    Despite meager numbers, the region's al-Qaida fighters pose a clear threat. Among the more recent victims, a British captive was beheaded last year and two Spanish aid workers were taken hostage in Mauritania in November. Spain is working to free them. Mauritanian soldiers also have fallen in numerous attacks.

    The head of the French Institute of Strategic Analysis suggested the French government's rhetoric was normal.

    "It's important to make that kind of announcement," Francois Gere said. "I think it's made of the same stuff" as former U.S. President George W. Bush's tough line on al-Qaida.

    But "a government has to make clear it must respond strongly" while maintaining the discretion needed to ensure cooperation, Gere said. In the past France has been cautious because those governments don't want the appearance of interference from the West, he said.

    Spain has maintained a low profile as videos by the al-Qaida franchise regularly call for the conquest of "al-Andalus" - a reference to the period of Muslim rule of much of Spain in medieval times.
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    So France finally took a stand on something for a change?

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    Quote Originally Posted by THE DUKE OF ESSEX View Post
    So France finally took a stand on something for a change?
    They took a stand where the USA has yet to truly do so.

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  5. so much for cheese eating surrender monkeys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ange View Post
    so much for cheese eating surrender monkeys.

    Andy
    Damn, you beat me to that one France has, for the last century at least taken no stand what so ever about anything that didn't include what they consider fashion, food, or drink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THE DUKE OF ESSEX View Post
    Damn, you beat me to that one France has, for the last century at least taken no stand what so ever about anything that didn't include what they consider fashion, food, or drink.
    Well they beat us to it this time. We can't even say the word Terrorist and Muslim in the same sentence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KathleenElsie View Post
    Well they beat us to it this time. We can't even say the word Terrorist and Muslim in the same sentence.
    Oh my God, you just did!!!!! I'll bet the FED'S are coming for you now Okay I'll say it too, Terrorist and Muslim. Now they'll have to work twice as hard to get us.

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    So much for cutting troops now! We'll have to increase them just to cover their butts...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Hat View Post
    So much for cutting troops now! We'll have to increase them just to cover their butts...
    al-Qaida must feel safer now. The last time the French defeated anyone, they were fighting themselves.

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    wait a minute... did france actually grow a pair???
    You can have my freedom as soon as I'm done with it!!!

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