US military member aids French forces at Burkina hotel

January 16, 2016 03:42

WASHINGTON- One member of the US military is providing advice and assistance to French forces at a hotel in Burkina Faso's capital that was attacked on Friday by suspected Islamist militants, a US defense official said.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said France had requested immediate US intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support. The United States was working to support that request, the official added.

No further details were immediately available.

There are about 75 US military personnel in Burkina Faso, the official said.

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