March 28th, 2013
04:49 PM ET

France to reduce force in Mali

France will cut its troop levels in the west African nation of Mali from 4,000 service members to about 1,000 by the end of the year, French President Francois Hollande said Thursday evening during a live interview with CNN affiliate France 2.

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  1. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    Isn't this the same French abandonment scenario like in1959, that left the United States holding the bag in South Vietnam?

    March 28, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hector French officer

      France left Indochina in 1954 after a COLONIAL war.
      You choose to go there by yourself because of the COLD war.
      Please, read back your history books.
      Condescension from the less educated American people is very annoying to us. We all know that you're very proud of being "the greatest nation in the world" with the strongest armed forces. I spent a few months at West Point and had the opportunity to appreciate your superiority complex. Stop despising your allies. Stop polluting the internet with the WW2, Indochina war ignorant comments... First, take history lessons, not watching Fox news but in a real book.

      PS: I apologize for the language mistake, I'm not native English speaker.

      March 29, 2013 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. the prophet

    The era of colonialism and upper class is long gone

    March 28, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    @ Jeff Frank, sure looks like it dont it?

    March 28, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Absolutely it was France's intent from the beginning. Now with our presence & drone bases, their main source of uranium from neighboring Niger is in safe hands.

    March 29, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    The current popular ploy. Raise the 'Islamists" (whatever that is supposed to mean) red flag and then do to the country as you will getting on with your agenda.

    March 29, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John

    This shows the success of the War on Terror, which would continue to have a long lasting effect. French went in, took out the Islamist leader, banged them up real good and are able to get out in such a short time. Islamists are on the run again. Good job.

    March 29, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Light1Up

    Hahahaha. Jeff frank got CHECKED

    March 30, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    'Success of '
    war on terror'??
    Sure the world continues reelin under the terrors of this 'war on terror'.

    March 30, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Long lasting effects, for sure. For decades to come. The greatest threat to our national security – Wars.

    March 30, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    read the take on this so called 'war on terror' by Washington's top thinker on these matters Gregory D.Foster.

    March 30, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    As for France's incursion in Mali. According to our own defense analysts ,we would need to be there for decades. Add another festering sore now in Africa. Success ??

    March 30, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |