A surveillance aircraft from RAF Waddington has been sent to Mali to support France’s military action there, the Ministry of Defence said.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the Sentinel R1 aircraft “has proved its worth in Libya and on an ongoing basis for counter-insurgency operations in Afghanistan”.
Two British C17 transport aircraft have already been sent to the region.
Mr Cameron has previously said Britain will not deploy ground troops in Mali.
France, the former slave power of west Africa, has poured into Mali with a vengeance in a military attack launched on January 11. French warplanes are bombing towns and cities across the vast swath of northern Mali, a territory measuring some one thousand kilometers from south to north and east to west. French soldiers in armoured columns have launched a ground offensive, beginning with towns in the south of the [...]
France begins Mali military intervention
President Hollande confirms French forces are supporting Bamako’s counter-offensive against al-Qaeda-linked fighters.
President Francois Hollande has said France is intervening to stop al-Qaeda-linked fighters in Mali who have been moving toward the capital, Bamako.
The announcement by the leader of France, the former colonial overseer in West Africa, came on Friday after Mali’s interim president Dioncounda Traore appealed for French help in stopping the rebels’ advance.
“I have agreed to Mali’s [...]
An international aid group warned Friday of a growing famine risk in West Africa, amid reports of villagers raiding ant hills to take food from the insects.
Adding to an alert already sounded by the United Nations in recent days, the Oxfam group said: “A lethal mix of drought, high food prices, entrenched poverty and regional conflict is behind the crisis” hitting Chad, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and northern Senegal.
VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Benedict XVI seems worn out.
People who have spent time with him recently say they found him weaker than they’d ever seen him, seemingly too tired to engage with what they were saying. He no longer meets individually with visiting bishops. A few weeks ago he started using a moving platform to spare him the long walk down St. Peter’s Basilica.
Benedict turns 85 in the new [...]
Another confirmation of just how insane everything is comes from West Africa. The London Club announces that the Ivory Coast is now in default on $2.3 Billion in bonds after the January 31, 30 day grace period expires, and bonds jump. And with former president Gbagbo now out of negotiating options, and likely to resort to violence, resulting in further destruction of cocoa supplies, [...]