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Western Donors Pledge Mali Funds as Troops Take Timbuktu

Donor nations pledged $455 million for an African force to help clear northern Mali of Islamist militants and the U.K. and Germany offered more support for the mission as Malian forces patrolled the streets of Timbuktu.

The funding came as Western allies expand military capacity in the region. U.S. officials said they reached an agreement yesterday with Niger, which is on Mali’s eastern border, allowing deployment of American military personnel and possibly drones to combat Islamist militants across the region.