Americans like to think of the French as obnoxious wusses, but NationalInterest.org provides a useful guide to France’s role in fighting terrorism.
“Since the United States’ withdrawal from Iraq, no European ally has contributed more to the fight against global extremism than the French Republic. The French Army, which in its entirety remains smaller than the U.S. Marine Corps, has been forward-deployed in remote locales, ranging from the olive groves of Lebanon to the arid expanses of the Sahel. With its rapid intervention in Mali in 2013, Paris demonstrated how small, tailored expeditionary forces could prevail against well-armed Islamic militant groups, even when they occupied a vast, rugged territory larger than the entire state of Texas.”
Putin: Clarity About Terrorism
As the U.S. president dawdles about what to call Islamic terrorists, President Vladimir Putin calls it like it is:
Turkey: Our NATO Ally May Be Our Enemy
A moment of silence for the victims of the Paris attacks was booed by Turkish fans Tuesday during a friendly game against Greece, Reuters reported.
Reuters reporter Ece Toksabay tweeted that the fans booed the minute of silence before breaking out into a chant of “Allah Akbar.”
Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.