U.S. Crafting Plans To Support French Efforts In Mali

The United States is drawing up plans to support France’s efforts to combat Islamist rebels in Mali, the LA Times reported Monday. 

The U.S. is making plans to send surveillance drones and provide mid-air refueling for French aircrafts, according to the report. Defense officials told the Times that a small number of U.S. troops could be sent to Mali or surrounding areas to act in a support role. 

French airstrikes continued overnight in Mali. France has also pledged to increase its troop presence on the ground from about 750 to 2,500 soldiers.