US Transports, Tankers Boost French Offensive in Mali

From the NYT, today:

In Washington, Pentagon officials said that as of Tuesday 17 sorties by United States Air Force C-17 cargo jets had flown 500 French troops and 390 tons of equipment into Bamako. In addition, there has been one aerial refueling operation by an American KC-135 tanker aircraft, which provided 33,000 pounds of fuel to several French warplanes, the officials said.

In classic guerrilla style, the rebels have abandoned the larger towns and melted away into the desert–for now. It won’t be long before the extended and vulnerable French ground logistical tail comes under rebel attack.

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