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US steps up involvement in Mali as French, Malian forces retake airport

The United States will provide additional support to the French military in its war against Al Qaeda-linked militants in Mali by conducting aerial refueling missions, the Pentagon announced Saturday.Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has told the French defense minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, that U.S. Africa Command will provide the aerial refueling support, according to Pentagon spokesman George Little.Little said the two defense officials discussed the refueling missions and other topics during a phone conversation Saturday."The leaders also discussed plans for the United States to transport troops from African nations, including Chad and Togo, to support the international effort in Mali," Little said in a statement released by the Pentagon late Saturday.U.S. aerial refueling planes would be a boost to air support for French ground forces as they enter areas of Mali that are controlled by al-Qaida-linked extremists.The announcement comes a day after the Obama administration announce it ha...

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