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U.S. begins transporting French troops, equipment to Mali

Posted By admin On January 22, 2013 @ 11:09 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Reuters [1]
Jan 22, 2013

The United States has started transporting French soldiers and equipment to Mali as part of its logistical aid to French forces fighting Islamist militants in the north of the country, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

Paris has launched a military campaign against Islamist fighters in Mali at the request of the Malian government, amid fears the vast desert country could become a launchpad for international attacks.

“We have started air lifting French army personnel and equipment to Bamako from Istres,” said Benjamin Benson, a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM).

A Reuters camera crew on Tuesday saw a U.S.-flagged military transport aircraft taking off from the Istres air base in southern France.

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[1] Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/22/us-mali-usa-idUSBRE90L0DR20130122

[2] France aiming for ‘total reconquest’ of Mali, French foreign minister says: http://www.prisonplanet.com/france-aiming-for-total-reconquest-of-mali-french-foreign-minister-says.html

[3] Mali: jihadist fighters melt away as French begin to regain control: http://www.prisonplanet.com/mali-jihadist-fighters-melt-away-as-french-begin-to-regain-control.html

[4] Malian crisis: French troops engage in direct combat: http://www.prisonplanet.com/malian-crisis-french-troops-engage-in-direct-combat.html

[5] France imposes media blackout on Mali war: http://www.prisonplanet.com/france-imposes-media-blackout-on-mali-war.html

[6] Al-Qaeda Promises Terror Attacks in Europe Following French Invasion of Mali: http://www.prisonplanet.com/al-qaeda-promises-terror-attacks-in-europe-following-french-invasion-of-mali-2.html

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