British troops to join Mali conflict
Mike PflanzDavid Cameron told MPs last week that Britain's contribution to the EU force, which could number 500 personnel, would be in the "tens not hundreds", with France providing most of the troops. However, speculation has grown that the UK contribution could be larger, because Britain would contribute troops to protect officers conducting the training. Last night No 10 refused to comment on numbers, saying "discussions are ongoing".
Britain has already contributed two transport planes and a high-altitude surveillance aircraft to assist the French mission in Mali, where François Hollande, the French president, has deployed close to 3,000 of his country's soldiers.
As Mr Cameron told Mr Hollande that Britain was "keen" to provide further military assistance to France, Islamists linked to al-Qaeda burned thousands of Timbuktu's rarest treasures and fled into the desert to evade the advancing French troops,
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"British troops to join Mali conflict ", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), janvier 2013. Consulté le 21/02/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/british-troops-to-join-mali-conflict-