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Call of Duty Ghost skull-mask worn in Mali by French soldier causes uproar

Photographs of a French soldier apparently mimicking a character from the popular and violent video game Call of Duty are causing a stir around the world.

In the photos, the unidentified soldier can be seen wearing a skeleton mask and a bandana, making him look eerily similar to the popular character Ghost from Call of Duty.

The pics were snapped by Agence France-Presse photographer Issouf Sanogo and Yann Foreix of Le Parisien, a French daily newspaper.

The character Ghost from Call of Duty.

“This is unacceptable behavior,” Col. Thierry Burkhard told the French paper Liberation in Paris. “This image is not representative of action by France in Mali.”

French soldiers are in the northern part of Mali in an attempt to take control away from Al Qaeda-affiliated forces.

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Malian youths stand next to French army tanks in a street in Niono.

Sanogo says he has no idea who the soldier is.

“I don’t know the identity of the soldier in the scarf and I’d have a hard time recognising him even if I did see him again,” he told the AFP blog. “I think — and I hope — that it’s impossible to tell who he is. I’m not even sure if he knows what people are saying about him.”

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A French soldier flashes a victory sign as he stand atop a French tank in Niono.

The photos are getting a lot of attention on the Internet, but some don’t understand what the fuss is all about. An article on the gamers’ website Kotaku, posted Tuesday, is titled “The Silly Outrage Over A Soldier Wearing A ‘Call Of Duty’ Mask.”

“People get all upset that you might frighten the people you’re killing, or something,” one person tweeted about the controversy.


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