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An RAF C17 cargo plane has arrived at a Paris airbase to help French military efforts to contain rebels in Mali.
The first of two planes will load up with French armoured vehicles and other equipment before flying to the West African state on Monday.
A second C17 is due to arrive on Sunday evening. No UK troops would be deployed in a combat role, Downing Street said.
According to a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity to the AFP on Jan. 12, the Pentagon would be evaluating the possible contribution to the French air campaign in Mali.
Intelligence gathering platforms, surveillance drones, aerial refueling tankers: these are the support options being considered by Washington.
Even if it still unclear whether France or Mali have officially request U.S. help, what is certain is that the U.S. has never ceased to pinpoint rebel positions and monitor their movements in the area.
Originally posted by FellowTraveller
reply to post by okamitengu
My statement on Islam is simple: You proposed that good ideas flowed through Mail, the religion of Islam being one of them. Now, given that the terrorists are Muslim which, just in case you can't put the two together, means they are followers of Islam. Given that these terrorists are the ones ruining this "once great" nation (although it was French colony and since gained independence has been in chaos) and are Muslim, would you still agree that Islam was good idea coming into this region that was good for the world and made us who we are today, as you previously stated?
And, for the record, I call Mali a Butt-f country, not England..edit on 13-1-2013 by FellowTraveller because: (no reason given)