US considers airstrike on Mali al-Qa'ida
UNMANNED Drones could be deployed to launch air strikes against al-Qa'ida's increasingly powerful offshoot in Mali under plans being considered by the White House.
If so, this would be the first known use of the unmanned aircraft in north Africa, where the US is considering how to halt the advance of al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
This armed movement, once considered one of the weaker branches of al-Qa'ida, seized de facto control over 300,000 square miles of northern Mali earlier this year. The territory dominated by AQIM includes airports, military bases, training facilities and weapons dumps. (© Daily Telegraph, London)