French troops had bin Laden in sights: documentary

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French troops had bin Laden in sights: documentary
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PARIS (Reuters) - A documentary says French special forces had
Osama bin Laden in their sights twice about three years ago but their U.S. superiors never ordered them to fire.

The French military, however, said that the incidents never happened and the report was "erroneous information."

The documentary, due to air next year and seen by Reuters on Tuesday, says the troops could have killed the al Qaeda leader in
Afghanistan but the order to shoot never came, possibly because it took too long to request it.

"In 2003 and 2004 we had bin Laden in our sights. The sniper said 'I have bin Laden'," an anonymous French soldier is quoted as saying.
 
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I find it hard to think the Frogs would wait for US orders to kill Osama.
 
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I dont speak French and I doubt very many of the US forces do either.

Babelfish.com makes this translation:

'j'ai le casier chargé ' ='I have bin Laden'

if that's what came over the radio I seriously doubt any US GI would understand WTF the French were talking about...."I've lost my charge card?" :? :D
 
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Bravo_Bravo said:
I find it hard to think the Frogs would wait for US orders to kill Osama.
If they could make a decision like that, it would be a quantum leap in their thinking, never likely to happen, in a month of Sundays :D
 
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Since when did the French ever consider asking permission to do anything?

They (like their American rivals) are a law unto themselves.!
 
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How would the French know what is in their sights? I've never been able to see though a weapon sight thats on the floor...
 
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There's an Aussie SAS version in the end of Not a Good Day to Die, too. I suspect there are quite a few special operations types who saw an old guy with a lot of security a long way off and are secretly convinced "it coulda been me!"
 
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in about twenty years' time, we're all going to be accosted by dodgy old blokes in pubs swearing blind that when they served with THEM they once had HIM in their rifle sights
 
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_LC_ said:
I dont speak French and I doubt very many of the US forces do either.

Babelfish.com makes this translation:

'j'ai le casier chargé ' ='I have bin Laden'

if that's what came over the radio I seriously doubt any US GI would understand WTF the French were talking about...."I've lost my charge card?" :? :D
Actual translation is "my filing cabinet is full."

Maybe it's code?
 
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Bravo_Bravo said:
I find it hard to think the Frogs would wait for US orders to kill Osama.
On the other hand, if:

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend": whose side would any decently Republican Frog govt see OBL as on? :wink:
 

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