Military

Cameron Praises "Our Most Advanced and Capable Transport Plane"

Just before the C17 got stuck on the runway thanks to a technical fault

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The plane, loaded with military equipment and foreign troops, had been due to help halt an al-Qaeda advance when it was delayed due to a technical fault.

Two C17 transport planes have been deployed to support French efforts in the west African country while British drones and spy planes are said to be on standby to help tackle what the Prime Minister described as a "dangerous Islamist regime".

But British efforts fell at the first hurdle as the first plane was grounded just moments after David Cameron discussed the action in an interview on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.