The French have entered the battle against Islamic imperialism in Mali. It took the capture of Konna in central Mali for French President Francois Hollande to finally get involved.
"French forces brought their support this afternoon to Malian army units to fight against terrorist elements," French President Francois Hollande said in a statement. "This operation will last as long as is necessary."But it wasn't until the Islamist extremists- who have control of northern Mali- started marching southward that Mali's president Dioncounda Traore finally decided to declare a state of emergency, and ask for France's help. Nigeria, Senegal and the U.N. are also pitching in.
On Friday France began air strikes against the rebels. Backed by international forces, the Malian army was able to stop the advance by the Al-Qaeda-linked militants and recapture the key town of Konna, which had been seized by insurgent forces earlier, said the country’s defense officials.
The UN Security Council has also called for a 'swift deployment' of foreign troops to Mali. It has approved plans to send some 3,000 African troops to recapture the country's north.Meanwhile, in London, 60 or so Islamists (including their children) planted themselves in front of the French Embassy to protest France's intervention. The ingrates, who are all probably on the dole, stood there with the usual anti-Western, pro-Shariah banners.
The demonstrators held placards reading "French army, you will pay, the Muslims are on their way", "United Nations, go to hell" and "Sharia is the only solution for Mali".
French President Francois Hollande sent troops on Friday to help Malian forces hold back an advance by Islamist rebels, and on Saturday Paris announced that a French military pilot had been killed.
"Francois Hollande, you are a Satan," one of the protesters, Abu Shaafehi, said in French through a loudspeaker. "Sharia for France!"
The protest was divided into two groups, separated by several meters, of men in traditional dress and women in veils.
A group of British police stood guard outside the embassy but the protest dispersed peacefully.
I don't know why the Brits don't just ship them all home. They'd be far happier there.