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Obama increasing help to France in African terror fight

Created: 04/30/2015 4:53 AM KAALtv.com
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is increasing the emergency Pentagon funding to help France fight terrorists in northwest Africa.

Obama on Wednesday ordered the release of up to $35 million in defense services to battle extremists in Mali, Niger and Chad.

The direction follows Obama's $10 million order for France's effort in August.

France has deployed 3,000 troops to fight Islamic groups in Africa's Sahel region and has committed to a slight increase by the end of the year. It recently has been focusing on the growing threat from Boko Haram, primarily by providing intelligence.

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