U.S. to help France in Mali battle – without putting troops on the ground

Mike O'Brien

The U.S. military is poised to ferry hundreds of extra French troops to the North African country of Mali, to help in the latest battle against Al Qaeda-linked rebels. Pentagon officials said are plans to send drones or other surveillance aircraft and provide help with aerial refueling of French fighter jets, but stressed there will be no U.S. "boots on the ground." The Obama administration’s decision follows months of inaction but illustrates the growing fears over rebel advan...
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