The French government has formally requested U.S. military assistance to combat al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in Mali, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the American Forces Press Service on Thursday.
Gen. Dempsey said U.S. planners already have begun working with their French allies, and that the State Department, the Pentagon and the National Security Council will address the request and provide whatever assistance they can.
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