peter tinti

independent journalist

As Troops Advance in Mali, U.S. Begins Airlift

New York Times

SEGOU, MALI — Malian and French forces were reported to be in control of two important central Malian towns on Tuesday after the French Defense Ministry said they recaptured them on Monday, pushing back an advance by Islamist militants who have overrun the country’s northern half.

At the same time, the United States military said on Tuesday that it had begun airlifting French troops and equipment from a base in southern France to Bamako, the capital of Mali, aboard giant C-17 transport planes.

Two flights arrived on Monday and a third on Tuesday, and the airlift will continue for the next several days, Tom Saunders, a spokesman for the United States Africa Command, said in a telephone interview from the command’s headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, the defense minister of France, hailed the French-Malian advance on Monday as “a clear military success for the government in Bamako and for French forces intervening in support of these operations.”

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30-minute interview with “This is Hell”

I had the pleasure of being on WNUR 89.3FM Chicago‘s “This is Hell,” three days ago, but due to spotty internet access am only just getting the chance to post and listen to it now. It was a thirty-minute, live phone call that I fielded somewhere between Niono and Markala as French armored vehicles were prepping to move north, and it was an absolute pleasure from start to finish. The questions were intelligent, well-researched and to be perfectly honest, caught me a bit off-guard as I’m used to doing radio interviews that put the ball on a tee for me. You can listen by streaming or downloading by clicking here, my segment starts during the 48th minute.