US begins transporting French troops to Mali

US begins transporting French troops to Mali

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Malian soldiers patrol in Diabaly on January 22, 2013. The EU executive today announced 20 million euros of extra humanitarian aid to help tens of thousands of Malians fleeing fighting in the nation's north and centre, its second such donation in as many months. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 23 at 2:05 AM

DJENNE, Mali (AP) — Pentagon officials say the U.S. airlift of French forces to Bamako could continue for another two weeks.

It's expected to take about 30 C-17 flights to get everything there.

The U.S. Air Force is keeping between eight and 10 people at the airport to help with the incoming and outgoing flights.

These are the U.S. Air Force personnel who will stay only until the airlift is completed.

The U.S. Air Force already has flown five C-17 flights into Bamako, delivering more than 80 French troops and 124 tons of equipment.

The U.S. is not providing direct aid to the Malian military because the democratically elected government was overthrown last March in a coup.

The French-led operation to oust Islamic extremists from northern Mali began Jan. 11.

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