- Prison Planet.com - http://www.prisonplanet.com -
U.S. Weighing How Much Help to Give France’s Military Operation in Mali
Posted By admin On January 26, 2013 @ 8:00 am In World News | Comments Disabled
DAVID E. SANGER and ERIC SCHMITT
NY Times 
Jan 26, 2013
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is debating how much more aid it can give the French military forces who are battling Islamic militants in Mali, weighing the benefit of striking a major blow to Qaeda-linked fighters in Africa against concern about being drawn into a lengthy conflict there.
The immediate issue is whether and how to supply American aerial refueling planes that would allow French jets to provide close-air support to ground forces moving north into territory held by the extremists. French and American officials have been in discussions for days, according to American and European officials, and administration officials say they expect a decision soon.
All indications are that the administration is trying to find a solution, but that any refueling would probably be approved only with restrictions.
“The discussions center on cost, and the concern about whether this becomes an open-ended mission for the French in Mali,” one Defense Department official said. “What does that mean about our commitment?”
Most of the reservations about whether President Obama has the legal authority to engage in military operations were resolved, officials said, after it was determined that the main targets were linked to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb . But the degree to which President Obama wants to get involved in Mali is still an open question, presenting the president and his national security team with the latest in a series of decisions about how heavily to intervene in remote conflicts.
Article printed from Prison Planet.com: http://www.prisonplanet.com
URL to article: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-weighing-how-much-help-to-give-france%e2%80%99s-military-operation-in-mali.html
URLs in this post:
 NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/26/world/africa/us-weighing-how-much-help-to-give-frances-military-operation-in-mali.html?hp&_r=0
 Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/a/al_qaeda_in_the_islamic_maghreb/index.html?inline=nyt-org
 France terror alert after Mali, Somali operations. Al Qaeda threatens hostages: http://www.prisonplanet.com/france-terror-alert-after-mali-somali-operations-al-qaeda-threatens-hostages.html
 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
 France imposes media blackout on Mali war: http://www.prisonplanet.com/france-imposes-media-blackout-on-mali-war.html
 France Bombs Mali While Backing Jihad Elsewhere: http://www.prisonplanet.com/france-bombs-mali-while-backing-jihad-elsewhere.html
 France Displays Unhinged Hypocrisy as Bombs Fall on Mali: http://www.prisonplanet.com/france-displays-unhinged-hypocrisy-as-bombs-fall-on-mali.html
Copyright © 2013 PrisonPlanet.com. All rights reserved.