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French military build 17th century ‘star forts’ with moats to protect troops in ISIS’s ‘new caliphate’


THE French military has built bizarre 17th century “star forts” with “moats” to protect troops in the heart of ISIS’s ‘new caliphate’ in Africa.

The pentagon-shaped army compounds – in battle-scarred Mali – are designed to allow attacking jihadis absolutely no chance of cover.

The 'star forts' have been built by the French in battle-scarred Mali in Africa

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The ‘star forts’ have been built by the French in battle-scarred Mali in AfricaCredit: armée française

They are roughly based on the works of the 17th Century military engineer Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban.

The forts – constructed by the Parachute Engineer Regiment – have five arrow-shaped fighting points coming out of a pentagon to form a star.

Vauban – who was born in 1633 – designed them as a way of surviving long-running sieges, reports Popular Mechanics.

According to the French Ministry, work on the Labbézanga camp on the River Niger took over a year to complete.

“There is now a camp whose defense system is based on the proven concept of a star-shaped stronghold,” they said in a press release.

“Established on a position overlooking Labbézanga and offering views over a long distance, the camp will allow its occupants to hold the position.”

They are roughly based on the works of a 17th Century military engineer

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They are roughly based on the works of a 17th Century military engineerCredit: armée française
ISIS has taken over vast swathes of Africa as it tries to establish a 'new Caliphate'

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ISIS has taken over vast swathes of Africa as it tries to establish a ‘new Caliphate’Credit: Alamy

Crack British forces are currently deployed on the world’s most dangerous peacekeeping mission in Mali.

The first of 300 troops reached the deadly badlands in the north of the country at the end of last year.

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It’s where al-Qaeda’s allies are fighting ISIS, and armed groups terrorise civilians.

The troops are trained for desert patrols like the legendary Long Range Desert Group that launched the SAS in World War Two.

But fears over their safety – and a chronic shortage of helicopters – mean they will be confined to the area near their base in Gao for the first stage of their mission.

They joined a force of more than 15,000 UN peacekeepers, including Chinese and Iranian troops, in a country five times bigger than Britain.

A French soldier patrols the skies of Mali in a NH90 military helicopter

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A French soldier patrols the skies of Mali in a NH90 military helicopter Credit: AFP – Getty
British Chief of the Air Staff Mike Wigston addresses French troops and British airmen and women in Gao, Mali

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British Chief of the Air Staff Mike Wigston addresses French troops and British airmen and women in Gao, MaliCredit: AFP – Getty

Major General Nick Borton, who is overseeing the UK mission to the arid Sahel region, said they would not do counter terrorism.

Their mandate is to protect civilians and enforce a 2015 peace accord between the corrupt and unpopular Malian government and a cocktail of armed rebels.

“The Sahel is one of the poorest regions on the planet,” Gen Borton said.

“Violent conflict and unprecedented migration to Europe’s borders have once again brought our attention back to this important strategic area.

“This will demonstrate that the British armed forces remain a force for good in the world.”

Mali, one of the world’s poorest countries, was thrown into even deeper chaos by a sudden coup in August.

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned after mutinying troops held him at gunpoint, and former defence minister Bah Ndaw was sworn in as acting leader.

ISIS has taken over vast swathes of Africa as it tries to establish a “new Caliphate”.

Brit troops train for world’s most dangerous peacekeeping mission in ISIS’s ‘new caliphate’ in Africa





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