Islamist Militants

France says US helping in battle against Islamist militants in Mali

by FOXNews.com  |  published on January 14, 2013

France’s foreign minister says the United States is providing communications and transport help for an international military intervention aimed at wresting Mali’s north out of the hands of Islamist extremists.

Laurent Fabius says Britain, Denmark, and other European countries also are helping.

Fabius said on RTL radio Sunday, “We have the support of the Americans for communications and transport.” He didn’t provide details.

U.S. officials on Saturday said they had offered to send drones to Mali.

The three-day-old French-led effort to take back Mali’s north from the Al Qaeda-linked extremists has included airstrikes by jets and combat helicopters on at least four towns.

Troops from Mali’s neighbors are expected to join hundreds of French soldiers in the battle.

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