The U.S. Air Force has made 30 flights to help France engaged militarily in Mali, announced Monday a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Defense. The U.S. Vice President Joe Biden raised his intervention "decisive" from France to Mali.
He praised the "courage" and "competence impressive" French soldiers.
"Since the aerial refueling began Jan. 27, the U.S. Air Force has conducted nine missions and carried 180,000 liters of fuel for the French Air Force," said the spokesman. The American C-17 also carried some 610 men and 760 tons of equipment and supplies.
Mali, French and Malian soldiers continue in the north-eastern Mali stalking Islamists who are refugees since the fall of the great cities of Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal.