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Obama, Hollande Pledge Expansion Of North Africa-Middle East War

Xinhua News Agency
January 26, 2013

U.S., French leaders pledge expanded counter-terrorism in North Africa

[Repeated, near ritualistic, expressions like "terroristically terroristic terrorists" and suchlike have been excised.]

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The Obama administration sent some 100 military trainers last week to Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Togo and Ghana – the nations that are poised to send their troops to Mali.

The U.S. military has begun airlifting French troops and equipment into Mali…

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WASHINGTON: U.S. President Barack Obama and his French counterpart Francois Hollande pledged on Friday to expand efforts in fighting…in North Africa.

In their phone conversation, the two leaders discussed shared security concerns including Mali, Algeria, Libya and Syria, the White House said.

“President Obama and President Hollande condemned last week’s…act in Algeria and affirmed their mutual commitment…more broadly in North Africa,” the White House said in a statement.

Algerian troops launched a three-day rescue operation starting the next day. According to Algerian officials, a total of 37 hostages, including a French citizen, were killed during the operation and seven others are still missing.

On Mali, Obama expressed his support for France’s involvement in combating…

“The two leaders emphasized the need to rapidly establish the African-led International Support Mission in Mali,” the White House said.

The Obama administration sent some 100 military trainers last week to Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Togo and Ghana – the nations that are poised to send their troops to Mali.

The U.S. military has begun airlifting French troops and equipment into Mali, as Washington is pushing as well for the restoration of a civilian government in the African nation following a coup in March last year. [The coup was led by a U.S.-trained officer]

On Libya, Obama and Hollande noted the importance of “sustained assistance” to the country as it is working to build effective security sector institutions.

They voiced “strong concern” about the humanitarian crisis affecting not just Syria but also neighboring countries, pledging anew to help achieve a political transition in the Arab country in the absence of President Bashar al-Assad, the White House said.

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  1. Michael
    January 26, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Expansion of WAR in Northern, Western and central Africa and Middle East:
    This must be new and perverse meaning of “silence of the dead” mistaken for Peace by the current and future hopeful recipients of the Nobel Peace prize!

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