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A French Army Land Rover and pallets of rations are seen on a Royal Air Force C17 cargo aircraft as it prepares to leave for Bamako in Mali from Abidjan in the Ivory Coast, January 16, 2013.
The United States has agreed to provide France with additional airlift capacity to help move troops during the Mali operation, Reuters reported citing an unnamed US official.

In addition to reports that Washington will help French and Malian forces by way of airlift support for getting troops and equipment to the battlefield, CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan tweeted Thursday that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "says US trainers will be on the ground by this wknd to help train African militaries to intervene in Mali."