U.S. steps up involvement in Mali
A Malian soldier stands amid debris Saturday, January 26, in the key central town of Konna, which has been under French and Malian army control since last week. It was taken on January 11 by Islamist groups.
January 28th, 2013
04:36 AM ET

U.S. steps up involvement in Mali

By Ingrid Formanek and Dana Ford

The United States is intensifying its involvement in Mali, where local and French forces are battling Islamic militants.

It will support the French military by conducting aerial refueling missions, according to the Pentagon, which released a short statement Saturday following a call between Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

"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. Secretary Panetta and Minister Le Drian resolved to remain in close contact as aggressive operations against terrorist networks in Mali are ongoing," it read.

U.S. policy prohibits direct military aid to Mali because the fledgling government is the result of a coup. No support can go to the Malian military directly until leaders are chosen through an election.

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  1. wab

    About time to cut the insane military spending

    January 28, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Reply
    • wjmccartan

      Thank you, wab. How so very true that rings!

      January 29, 2013 at 11:14 am | Reply
  2. Re-posted With Intent To Educate Mali Muslim Bloggers

    Renowned Muslim activists and generalists in more moderate muslim countries like Turkey have decried the silence of the corrupt muslim governments over the continued “brutal murders of innocent peoples by their tyrants like 100 Shia were cold bloodily murdered in Pakistan by Sunni terrorists” and said all minorities should be given the right to self-determination.

    “Pakistan, Yemen, Benghazi, Somalia, Algeria, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, and almost all muslim countries are poverty ridden, uneducated, and bloody occupied by al Qaeda fighters, or some other types of muslim terrorist groups.

    Under the military rules in these countries, freedom of speech is non-existent and human rights abuses are wide spread by mullahs. A survey said 5 out of 10 grown up muslim man has never heard words like "Job", 'Education", "Election" or "Democracy".

    Lives of muslims in Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Benghazi, Algeria, Syria are made miserable by gun-totting army personnel or Jihadist terrorist groups, who routinely harassed, extorted money, committed raps, or terrorized people with impunity, adding that disappearances are almost a daily occurrence as also kidnapping, arrests, fake encounters and torture. Mass graves of minorities have been discovered in these muslim counties and the conscience of the world remains un-stirred................

    Tourism in Pakistan, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Algeria, Nigeria have virtually dropped to zero, while terrorism, unemployment, religious teaching have gone through the roof. More and more young muslims are joining terrorist groups to support their families. These young muslims are more vulnerable to be exploited by mullahs also known as terrorist recruiters. All mosques are becoming terrorist recruiting centers too in countries like Pakistan, Yemen, Benghazi.

    The apathy towards minorities of muslim countries like Pakistan, Somalia, Benghazi, Yemen, Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, especially in the western world, is because of their pursuit of oil interest in the Middle East, where these USA, EU countries are more eager to “secure their oil supply with crook Arabs of Saudi Arabia, UAE than human rights in poor muslim countries"............

    oh my friend, thank you for the eye opening post. All muslims should read this post and stop making troubles immediately. Look guys you are loosing limbs if you are not dead in drone strikes. So you've gotta ask yourself a question "do I feel lucky", well do ya... Punks.

    January 28, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  3. Skorpio

    Paying bounties to eliminate Islamic clerics is the most pragmatic and cheapest answer to stop global Islamic violence and terrorism. If those bounties are payable exclusively to Muslim women, they can have control and overpower the terrorists.

    January 28, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Reply
    • Bibi The Play yer

      We have all the answers to these towel heads . . . .Skorpio knows what to do . . . . all you dummies have to do is pony up the money . . . and we'll do all the killing through our dummy USA military . . . . what a joke . . . .we get dummies to pay for killing all our towel heads and the fun part is we don't do anything . . .we make the usa military to do it all . . . too bad if members of the military are killing themselves over what they do for us . . . .they're just cattle anyway . . .ain't that right Skorpo . . .aka Shapiro . . . . . .a zine-0-ist through and through . . . . . heee-hawwww!

      January 28, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  4. Skorpio

    Paying bounties to eliminate Islamic clerics is the most pragmatic and cheapest answer to stop global Islamic violence and terrorism. If those bounties are payable exclusively to Muslim women, they can have control and power over the terrorists.

    January 28, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  5. Hahahahahaha

    We really need those Aliens to come to Earth soon. We've proven that humans can't take care of it. Hahahahahahahaha

    January 28, 2013 at 9:58 am | Reply
    • Bibi The Play yer

      Hahahahahaha . . . . .we love war and misery . . . . we love to disrupt any nation who might try to break from under our control . . . .that's why we have you stup-pud 'er americans and sissy frenchies around to do all of our fighting and dying for us.

      What do you think this conflict in mali is about? It's about restoring order . . . . . . it's all about keeping the money coming in . . . .it's about defeating Islam . . . . it is about a Crusader fronted zion-0-ist controlled and led war against Islam. It's about keeping these monkeys down. We want to continue exploiting this nasty.ass country.

      A terrorist is anyone who is against us . . . . and our control . . . . .we are the zion-0-ists of israelies . . . .we are the spearhead of the rothchild's new world order. We will crush any country not in lock-step to our demands, or we will kill everyone!

      We own you!

      January 28, 2013 at 10:33 am | Reply
      • BigShiz

        Bibi is a gay Muslim.

        January 28, 2013 at 11:35 am |
      • Bibi The Play yer

        Come on Big Shiz . . . .quit the hating . . . . I'm a gay zine-0-ist . . . remember our night in the tel-aviv motel . . . . remember the sheep? Yeah, quit the hating . . . .you liked it . . . . . so are you still mad at me?

        Heeeee-hawwww! gitty-up big shiz . . . . you like it when I ride you . . . . . . heeee-haw!

        January 28, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
      • al la la la la la la, ah s-h-i-t !

        Bibi you sound like your the catcher and not the pitcher in your fantasy, you want to be dominated......wait you already are, now turn east and bow, neyhk neyhk neyhk wise guy eh.....

        January 28, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
  6. Lyndsie Graham

    Here we go again! Those thugs in Washington will do anything to fatten up their bank accounts. No wonder we can't balance the national budget!

    January 28, 2013 at 9:01 am | Reply

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