U.S. Wants Algeria Backing on Mali Intervention

The United States is pressing for Algerian backing in a pending military action against al-Qaeda linked Islamists in northern Mali. With the two countries sharing a 2,000-km border, a State Department official is quoted as saying that support from "the strongest Sahel state" is critical.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shakes hands with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algiers, Algeria,.

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