Pentagon announces military aid to France; Americans ask: ‘What are we doing in Mali?’

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The Pentagon is to provide military support to French forces in their fight against rebel militants in Northern Mali

— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) January 14, 2013

Mali-based Islamists pledge attacks on French soil: f24.my/X7vm2Y via @france24

— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) January 14, 2013

Muslim rebels have taken over a northern Mali town. France is waging war on the Islamists. The U.N. Security Council meets today to discuss the turmoil.

#BreakingNews: U.N. Security Council to meet Monday on Mali

— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) January 13, 2013

The Brits offered support this weekend.

UK will help to transport foreign troops & equipment to #Mali but no British combat troops will be deployed number10.gov.uk/news/statement…

— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) January 12, 2013

Canada is pitching in.

Canada to Provide C-17A to Support French Ops in Mali bit.ly/13vm32s

— AirForces Daily (@AirForcesDaily) January 14, 2013

And late Sunday night, President Obama dropped this letter on Capitol Hill.

On January 11, 2013, French forces conducted an operation in Somalia in which they attempted to rescue a French citizen being held hostage by al-Shabaab. United States forces provided limited technical support to the French forces in that operation, but took no direct part in the assault on the compound where it was believed the French citizen was being held hostage. United States combat aircraft briefly entered Somali airspace to support the rescue operation, if needed. These aircraft did not employ weapons during the operation. The U.S. forces that supported this operation left Somalia by approximately 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 11, 2013.

I directed U.S. forces to support this rescue operation in furtherance of U.S. national security interests, and pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive.

I am providing this report as part of my efforts to keep the Congress fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148). I appreciate the support of the Congress in this action.

Obama did it to us with Libya. Keep an eye on Mali! US played ‘limited’ role in botched French rescue bid f24.my/Sv5WAI via @france24

— MizAmerica (@MizAmerica3) January 14, 2013

People on both sides of the pond are wondering:  “What are we doing in Mali?”

Of all the backwater countries to get involved in, what are we doing in Mali? Where is it, even? I literally don’t know where it is.

— RtHonJon (@RtHonJon) January 12, 2013

Hmm…what are we doing in Mali?

— كوام (@_QA1) January 13, 2013

Wtf are we doing in Mali. Where’s the money coming from? And what the fk does it have to do with us? There must be something we want to take

— CAROLE JONES (@C_A_JONEStechno) January 13, 2013

@number10gov What on earth are we doing in Mali??

— David Coburn UKIP (@DavidCoburnUKip) January 12, 2013

@cllrawallis Still don’t understand what we are doing in Mali.Africa is no longer a playground for European powers.

— Chris Ridgers (@ChrisRidgers) January 13, 2013

For their part, the jihadists have vowed to fight a “long war” with the West.

Mali Islamists counter attack, promise France long war fb.me/26Wxir1Bu

— SoldiersAngels (@soldiersangels) January 14, 2013

New Holy War, same as the centuries-old old Holy War.

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