Three Mali army troops stand in a hangar, in front of Mali Air Force’s MIG 21 fighter aircraft at Bamako/Senou Airport in Mali. They are observing Economic Community Military Observation Group 13 (ECOMOG) Mali Army troops board a U.S. Air Force aircraft at the airport. The troops are being airlifted to Robert’s International Airport, Liberia for a six month deployment on U.S. military aircraft participating in Operation Assured Lift, a 17- day United States airlift and support mission assisting the West African states deploying more than 1100 troops to Liberia as part of the region’s ongoing peacekeeping force.

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