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Guest column: U.S. military role in Mali probably won't be far off

7:44 PM, Jan. 30, 2013
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The Obama administration's decision to give non-combat, air support to French forces trying to beat back Islamic militants who are threatening to overrun Mali, so far, hasn't caused much of a ripple among war-weary Americans. But it should.

The poor, landlocked nation was considered a model African democracy until its elected government was toppled last year in a coup led by a U.S.-trained Malian army captain. However, like the civilian leaders he deposed, Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo failed to uproot the jihadists, who now control large swaths of the mostly desert nation.

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