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U.S. C-17s helping supply French ops in Mali

The U.S. military is conducting ongoing flight operations in the African country of Mali in support of the French-led mission targeting militants linked to the group al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, also known as AQIM.

At least five C-17 Globemaster aircraft have flown into an airfield in Bamako, the capital of Mali, carrying 80 French troops and about 124 tons of supplies, Pentagon spokesman George Little said Tuesday.

A small contingent of U.S. troops may be at the airfield in support of the flight operations, but ground-based support will remain limited, officials said.

“There are no plans at this time to conduct traditional boots-on-the-ground operations in support of the French mission,” Little told reporters at the Pentagon.

U.S. officials may expand the operation to include aerial refueling support to French aircraft with U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotankers, Little said. “We will work in consultation with the French to determine what their capacity is,” Little said.

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  1. Stirrin the B.S.

    January 25th, 2013

    Gee, is this the camel’s nose uner the tent, the beginning of incrementalism into another conflict?

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  2. Milwaukee Mike

    January 25th, 2013

    “No boots on the ground” = No accountability and no authorization necessary

    I’m not saying there is anything wrong with this action; I’m just sayin’.

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  3. thirdtwin

    January 25th, 2013

    Well, of course we are! You didn’t think Hillary was in Liberia–and Ivory Coast–last week just to attend the inauguration of Liberia’s new Preezy, did you?

    The woman is amazing; She can hide from congress, attend state functions and Lead From Behind all at the same time.

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  4. Whoredildo "Che" Rivera

    January 25th, 2013

    Hey, cool!!!

    Isn’t this how Kennedy got us started in Vietnam?

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  5. Menderman

    January 25th, 2013

    When Romney mentioned Mali in one of the debates I scratced my head…I had to google it to see where it was, and I still don’t know why we are there….

    If the USA is gonna do all this humanitary-ing stuff, shouldn’t we start in Detroit?

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  6. jeckelmyhyde

    January 25th, 2013

    Allways be weary of “at this time, it’s libspeak for we are doing it, but it’s not pc to do it yet because we haven’t gotten the storyline out to our press corps at the LSM yet.

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  7. Anonymous

    January 25th, 2013

    Mali, Somalia
    WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE ?

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  8. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    January 25th, 2013

     
  9. Stranded in Sonoma

    January 25th, 2013

    So Mail is Bamanankan for Vietnam?

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  10. Menderman

    January 25th, 2013

    Go look at Mali on Google Earth and ask yourself if a rabid rat is worth sacrificing to ‘protect’ that pure shithole of a place.

    I think it is a fine place for all ‘islamic extremists’ to live…Deerborn would become livable again.

    and isn’t syaing ‘islamic extremists’ reduntantly repetitive?

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