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Britain to offermilitary aid to France for Mali operation

Britain said on Monday it would give Algeria counter-terrorism and intelligence aid to help dismantle the Islamist network that carried out last week's hostage attack at a desert gas complex.

 

Prime Minister David Cameron pledged a "strong security response" to the attack, in which 37 foreigners were killed, among them three Britons, and said North Africa was becoming a "magnet for jihadists." "We will contribute British intelligence and counter-terrorism assets to an international effort to find and dismantle the network that planned and ordered the brutal assault at In Amenas," he told parliament. (Reuters)