US Pledges Help to France Against Al Qaeda Rebels in Mali

The U.S. today pledged to aid France's widening aerial assault on al Qaeda-linked rebels in Northern Mali, as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the U.S. would provide the French with intelligence and airlift support and the State Department said it would send civilian contractors to the region as early as this week to train an African-led military force. "I commend France for taking the steps it has," Panetta told reporters. "We have promised that we'll work with them and cooperate with...Full Story
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