Obama has authorized the deployment of 100 U.S. troops for intelligence purposes to Niger aiding the French in operations in Mali:
The US military has deployed about 100 troops in Niger to help coordinate intelligence sharing with the French, whose forces are currently fighting to seize Islamist-controlled territory in Mali, President Obama announced Friday.
Algerian forces conducted a raid on a natural gas plant in the Sahara where hostages were being held by Islamists. Thirty hostages and at least 11 Islamist militants were killed on Thursday when Algerian forces stormed a desert gas plant in a bid to free many dozens of Western and local captives, an Algerian security […]
Ivory Coast leader foresees Mali intervention within weeks to chase out Islamist extremists.
Just in time for POTUS to show off that smart diplomacy of his for the electorate.