US has agreed with France to extend mid-air refueling facilities to its aircraft engaged in the fight against al-Qaeda militants in Mali as reported in foxnews.com of dated 27th of January 2013.
The announcement has been made by a spokesman of the Pentagon that, US Defense Secretary has conveyed to the French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian telephonically that the US Africa command would take necessary action in this regard.
There were also talks on movement US troops from Chad and Togo to Mali to strengthen the existing teams fighting in Mali and support the international efforts.
As per reports of military officials, the French and Malian troops have taken over the airport and bridge of the city of Gao ad it was a great achievement because it opened up the doors to advance and oust the militants linked to the al-Qaeda who have controlled northern Mali for the last few months.
The city of Gao is the largest in Mali and had been seized by al-Qaeda militants nine months ago and the French know that taking it back would be a tough proposition.
The rebel group that has taken over Gao is believed to be Moktar Belmotkar, the man who masterminded the hostage crisis in the Algerian gas plant in which 37 foreigners died.
It seems the rebel has in his group persons of various nationalities like Algerians, Egyptians, Mauritians, Libyans, Mauritanians, Pakistani and Afghans.
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