US agrees to help France with Mali operation

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.

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French president in Mali visit

There was a hero's welcome for France's President Hollande when he arrived in Timbuktu. He was visiting the desert city in Mali, after its recapture from Islamic extremists.