Canada May Send Troops to Mali

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Defence Minister Peter MacKay has opened the door to sending Canadian Forces personnel into the troubled West African nation of Mali, citing the contribution of Canadian military trainers in Afghanistan.

The remarks appeared to contradict Foreign Minister John Baird's previous statements that no Canadian troops would be committed to Mali, where government forces are battling militant Islamist forces that hold much of the country's arid north.