Obama sends $10m for French action in Africa

2014-08-11 20:20
French forces were involved in an attack aimed at repelling al-Qaeda-linked radicals pushing south towards the capital Bamako. (Pascal Guyot, AFP)

French forces were involved in an attack aimed at repelling al-Qaeda-linked radicals pushing south towards the capital Bamako. (Pascal Guyot, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Washington - US President Barack Obama on Monday authorised $10m in military aid for a major French counter-terrorism mission in the Sahel region of West Africa.

"I hereby determine that an unforeseen emergency exists that requires immediate military assistance to France in its efforts to secure Mali, Niger and Chad from terrorists and violent extremists," Obama said.

National Security Council spokesperson Edward Price said: "The funds will go toward "airlift and aerial refuelling services requested by France to support their counter-terrorism operations in those countries."

In January 2013, France launched a large scale operation in Mali aimed at defeating the Islamist extremists who had overrun the north of the former French colony.

This month France reconfigured its force to launch "Operation Barkhane" to combat Islamist violence in a broader swathe of the region touching on five countries along the southern rim of the Sahara.

The operation, to be based in Chad's capital N'Djamena, will involve around 3 000 French troops backed by aircraft and with logistical support from the United States and some of France's European allies.

Read more on:    us  |  france  |  mali  |  chad  |  west africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.