Report: British forces on alert for Mali deployment

David Cameron's "iron resolve" in tackling Islamist terrorism in northern Africa could see Britain increasing their role in the French-led mission in Mali.

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French soldiers line up during a visit from Mali's Prime Minster Django Cissoko. Credit: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The Prime Minister will chair a meeting of the National Security Council to consider what additional surveillance and transport help can be provided.

Britain was "not seeking a combat role", he insisted yesterday, but The Times (£) reported that units from all three forces had been placed on "high readiness" to deploy.

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French president in Mali visit

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