U.S. May Give $32M to African Troops

    A Malian soldier stops at the Aviator's Club bar  to watch an African Cup of Nations football match in Sevare, some 620 kms (400 miles)  north of Mali's capital  Bamako Friday, Jan. 25, 2013.  One wing of Mali's Ansar Dine rebel group has split off to create its own movement, saying that they want to negotiate a solution to the crisis in Mali, in a declaration that indicates at least some of the members of the al-Qaida-linked group are searching for a way out of the extremist movement in the wake of French airstrikes. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    Malian soldier watches a soccer match on Friday. (Jerome Delay/AP)

    After weeks of conflict between the government of Mali and Islamic extremists attempting to overtake the country, the Obama administration is looking to get involved. The State Department announced Friday that it was making a request to Congress to provide $32 million to train troops in the African nation. Despite a promise not to give money directly to the government—the current president took over in a coup over a democratically-elected one—the U.S. has already provided aid to the French effort to bolster Malian troops. French troops arrived in Mali on Jan. 11 to help bolster attempts to overthrow the government.

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