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The Obama administration moved Sunday toward approving a limited show of support for France’s military campaign in Mali, readying surveillance drones and other air-intelligence assets for possible deployment within days, U.S. and European officials said.

The U.S. isn’t considering sending ground troops to Mali, and the officials said any American aircraft involved in the French campaign wouldn’t conduct airstrikes.

As of Sunday night, U.S. officials said there has been no final green light on U.S. military support for the French operation, but they added that the Pentagon was still assessing what American equipment could be sent.

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