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France: 'Our Goal Is The Total Reconquest of Mali'

France: 'Our Goal Is The Total Reconquest of Mali'

Published on Monday, January 21, 2013 | by Common Dreams

Western Powers Continue to Reap War on Terror's Blowback
France: 'Our goal is the total reconquest of Mali'

- Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Cite terrorism, bomb, fuel terrorism, repeat.

While blowback from Libya is felt in Mali, and from Mali in Algeria, recent comments from British and French leaders lay bare western powers' perception of conflict in Islamic lands through the lense of the war on terror that sees "terrorists" that must be stopped through military force with little thought given to the price that will be paid for the involvement.

As France continues to drop bombs on its former colony of Mali, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian left no doubt of his country's goal there.

"The goal is the total reconquest of Mali. We will not leave any pockets" of resistance, Le Drian said Sunday on France 5 television.

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