3-4 – Wall Street Journal – U.S. Boosts War Role in Africa
The U.S. drone operations in Mali run from the base in Niger are actively feeding intel and targeting data to the French. The article says the Reaper drones provided info for about 60 airstrikes in the preceding week.
3-6 – Wall Street Journal – France to Start Drawing Down Troops in Mali
France with reduce troop levels starting early in April. They lost their fourth soldier in country.
There are 2,000 troops from Chad. Previous reports indicate many of them were trained by U.S. special forces.