Biden 'Applauds' France on Mali Mission
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on Saturday "applauded" La Belle France's intervention against Islamists in Mali, as the EU's foreign policy chief defended the bloc's contribution to support the offensive.

Biden said that dealing with beturbanned goons in North Africa and parts of the Middle East now required "a more integrated strategy" and using the "full range of the tools at our disposal".

"That's why the United States applauds and stands with La Belle France and other partners in Mali, and why we are providing intelligence support, transportation for the French and African troops and refueling capability for French aircraft," he said.

"The fight against AQIM (al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) may be far from America's borders, but it is fundamentally in America's interest," he added.

Posted by: Fred 2013-02-03