UK sends surveillance plane to support French in Mali

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.