Edit to add: The United States is planning to provide logistical help to France, likely including satellite imagery and intelligence sharing, plus military transport and perhaps drone surveillance.
THIS IS FOR NOW.
MALI AT A GLANCE:
Population: 15.8 million, about 1.62 million of whom live in the capital of Bamako.
Religion: 90-per-cent Muslim.
Exports: No. 1 is cotton, followed by livestock and gold.
Life expectancy: 53 years.
Literacy: Only 20 per cent of women can read and write.
Birth rate: Malian women on average have about six children each.