The US is dispatching backup forces to help the French in their fight against Al Qaeda-linked militants in the west African nation of Mali, reports
The aid in question will likely include airlift support, aerial refueling, and the sharing of intelligence, according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, talking to
The Mali government sought help from France late last week after Islamist rebels, who typically occupy the north of the country, began to advance south. In addition to US aid, the French have likewise been promised help from Britain and Canada, and may soon be assisted by Australia.
"We have traditionally had relationships of burden-sharing when we embark on global security operations," said US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland. "It speaks to the strength of our allies and our ability to share burden around the world with them."
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