UK sends surveillance plane to support French in Mali

By REUTERS
January 25, 2013 19:52

LONDON - Britain is sending a Sentinel manned surveillance aircraft to Africa to back a French and Malian government campaign against an Islamist rebel offensive in the west African country, the defense ministry said on Friday.

The aircraft is in addition to two C-17 military transport aircraft Britain has already supplied.

"We have now decided to deploy Sentinel, a surveillance capability that has proved its worth in Libya and on an ongoing basis for counter-insurgency operations in Afghanistan," Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement.


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