The United States has agreed to France's request for an airlift capacity to help move troops and equipment to Mali, an official has said, Reuters reports.
The decision came after a legal review by the Obama administration to decide what assistance could be provided to France.
The French military operation against Islamist militants in Mali began last week.
Throughout ten months of Islamist rule, the people of Timbuktu risked their lives to preserve the artefacts of their ancient heritage.
Francois Hollande is due to visit Timbuktu during his visit to the West African country this weekend. He will be welcomed by many.
Downing Street have been explaining what offers the UK have made to the military effort in Mali.