Intervening once again without the consent of the people who pay for the intervention and without even a hint from elected officials. So the U.S. is on the same side as al Qaeda in Syria (as it was Libya and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt) but against them in Mali? via France: US helping support Mali operation – Yahoo! News.
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — France claimed new successes in its campaign to oust Islamist extremists from northern Mali on Sunday, bombarding the major city of Gao with airstrikes targeting the airport and training camps used by the al-Qaida-linked rebel group controlling the city.
France’s foreign minister also said the 3-day-old intervention is gaining international support, with communications and transport help from the United States and backing from Britain, Denmark and other European countries.
The French-led effort to take back Mali’s north from the extremists occupying it has included airstrikes by jets and combat helicopters on at least four northern towns, of which Gao is the largest. Some 400 French troops have been deployed to the country in the all-out effort to win back the territory from the well-armed rebels, who seized control of an area larger than France itself following a coup in Mali nine months ago.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the military effort succeeded in blocking the advance that had prompted the intervention. “The Islamist offensive has been stopped,” Fabius said on RTL radio Sunday. “Blocking the terrorists … we’ve done it.”
He sought to stress that the operation is gaining international backing, despite concern about the risks of the mission in a stretch of lawless desert in weakly governed country. “We have the support of the Americans for communications and transport,” Fabius said, but gave no details.
U.S. officials have said they had offered to send drones to Mali and were considering a broad range of options for assistance, including information-sharing and possibly allowing limited use of refueling tankers.
Transport and drones, and of course the operators that have been on the ground for months. The sheeple will remain silent as long as it’s just their taxes being plundered.
Interestingly, the same media that regularly defend, if not promote, Islam and boldly claim there is no threat of sharia in the U.S., report on the obvious and deadly plague of sharia-implementing Muslims in Mali as if it were an isolated incident.
Entering a more visible phase of counter-terrorism operations in northern Africa, the White House said Tuesday it is sharing intelligence with France and considering a request to provide military aid in the French fight against Islamist extremists in Mali. “We share the French goal of denying terrorists a safe haven in the region and we support the French operation,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney.
“We are supporting the French by sharing information. And we are considering requests for logistical support.” State Department officials said that support could include cargo planes to shuttle troops in and out of theatre, flying tankers for aerial refueling, ammunition, spare parts, and even troops’ rations.
However, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, traveling in Europe, ruled out the possibility of U.S. combat forces being involved. “There is no consideration of U.S. boots on the ground,” he told reporters Tuesday.
Except for the boots that are already on the ground and have been for some time.