Obama and Hollande hold phone talks over Mali offensive

  • US President Barack Obama supported France's military intervention in Mali and vowed to work with French counterpart Francois Hollande to deal with extremism across North Africa. In a report by the white house, the two presidents also discussed other shared security concerns, including Algeria, Libya and Syria during their telephone talks. The president expressed his support for France's leadership of the international community's efforts to deny terrorists a safe haven in Mali. Hollande also thanked Obama for his significant support of the effort in Mali. The US Air Force has deployed C-17 cargo planes which will carry French troops and equipment to northern Mali, where they will help to flush out the extremist fighters. The United States also provided intelligence to France, based on its network of satellites and surveillance drones. The two leaders "affirmed their mutual commitment to countering terrorism more broadly in North Africa," as per the statement.