No US Boots on the Ground in Mali, Panetta Says

‘Panetta made the remarks at a joint press conference with Portuguese Defense Minister Jose Aguiar Branco in the Portuguese capital Lisbon on Tuesday.

Later in the day, the US defense secretary said in Madrid that he did not know what the French are targeting in Mali and how successful they have been.

Earlier in the day, France announced that it would more than triple the number of soldiers in Mali from 800 to 2,500, suggesting that the French are preparing for a ground assault to halt the southward advance of the militants.’

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