U.S. Air Force has flown 7 Mali cargo missions
U.S. military personnel stow a French armored vehicle aboard a C-17 aircraft at the Istres military airport in France on Thursday prior to take off for Mali.
January 24th, 2013
12:59 PM ET

U.S. Air Force has flown 7 Mali cargo missions

The U.S. Air Force has now flown seven C-17 missions into Mali, carrying 200 passengers, mainly French troops, and 168 tons of equipment, Pentagon spokesman Maj. Robert Firman said Thursday.

Meanwhile, discussions over the U.S. providing refueling services for French aircraft continue, a defense official tells CNN, saying such missions are likely to be approved in the coming days.

French forces are aiding the Malian military in fighting an Islamist insurgency in Mali.

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  1. Matt

    If you want the Malians to behave themselves, put them on point for a few days and stay in a holding pattern, that will settle them down.

    January 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Newbigtech

    look there goes more AMERICAN TAX Dollars to fund a war we are not involved in......YET.

    ARE THOSE AMERICAN military Vehichles?

    Way to go Obama.. Back that U.N. and keep them on their feet...while the country waits for JOBS, OIL, Rebuilding of our roads, and of course the border fence...

    January 24, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shaune

      What an ignorant commment. I'm not saying you have to agree with it, but yes it is a war we are apart of, and no it's not U.N. backed. Do some research.

      January 25, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      The US is not the only country helping out. Canada has 2 C17's moving cargo for the French forces also.

      January 26, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Alahidppodi Alayppodi

    Anything with the name' Islamism' we the Americans would fight against. No matter who opposes us.

    January 25, 2013 at 4:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. BelizePrayerNetwork.com

    This conflict is different because the Mali government is calling out for help. The face that the Islamic hostage takers are so opposed to Western intervention is a good sign that it will work.

    January 25, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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