NSC discusses Mali 'logistical' support
The National Security Council has discussed offering France more "logistical and surveillance" support in Mali, No. 10 says.
Reports this morning suggest British forces are on “high readiness” for an emergency deployment to Mali.
A Downing Street spokesperson said NSC has discussed more support, and "particularly underlined" how the UK works with the international community to combat terrorism in Somalia.
"One of the things that the National Security Council particularly underlined was how Somalia, whilst not a perfect replica by any means, provides some guidance on the type of approach that can be taken when dealing with fragile states which can be a haven for terrorism," the spokesperson said.
David Cameron has said there could be further assistance with transport and surveillance but the Ministry of Defence says there are no plans for a ground combat role.
The Sun also reports that military chiefs are refusing to back sending Special Forces units or bomber jets to Mali.
Meanwhile, the Algerian Prime Minister has said he believes a Canadian was one of the militants involved in the terror raid on a BP gas plant.