United States will provide refueling aircraft to support French Army Operation Serval in Mali 270113
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|Sunday, January 27, 2013, 02:58 PM|
|United States will provide refueling aircraft to support French Army Operation Serval in Mali.|
The United States will provide aerial refueling for French planes involved in the military mission in Mali, the Defense Department said Saturday, January 26, 2013. In a statement, the Pentagon said outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta informed French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian of the decision in a phone call earlier in the day, saying "U.S. Africa Command will support the French military by conducting aerial refueling missions as operations in Mali continue."
The pilot of an F-15E Strike Eagle approaches a KC-135R Stratotanker during a training mission.
The two also discussed plans for the United States to transport troops from African nations, including Chad and Togo, to support the international effort in Mali.