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USAF to help transport French troops to Mali
By Jeff Schogol – Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jan 17, 2013 21:30:35 EST

The U.S. Air Force will help to transport French troops to Mali, where they are battling Islamist rebels, U.S. officials confirmed Thursday.

Officials could not provide any details about how many aircraft will be involved in helping to airlift French forces.

U.S. officials have not yet decided whether to also send aerial tankers to refuel French aircraft or provide unmanned surveillance drones for French troops on the ground, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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