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AMERICAN AIRLIFT REACHES TWO MILLION POUNDS

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Support for French Operations Hits Impressive Total
By Harold Hutchison

On 12 February, the American airlift in support of French operations in Mali hit 2,000,000 pounds – and has done so in 23 days. French forces have been fighting Islamist rebels in northern Mali.

"This operation has been extremely rewarding, supporting our French partner's efforts to promote stability in Mali," said Lt. Col. Shawn Underwood, the commanding officer of the 621st Contingency Response Element. "Working through the challenges of unfamiliar equipment and different languages made crossing the 2 million pound threshold that much more satisfying, but we know there is more work to do."

C-17 Globemaster III transport planes have also airlifted 830 French troops to the sub-Saharan African nation.