Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) weighs in on the conflict in Mali and says the administration needs an 'overarching' plan for the region.
France ramping up its offensive against Islamist militants tonight, tripling its troops on the ground to 800 and getting support from another 1,700 French soldiers in the region.
The offensive against al-Qaeda linked militants trying to take over the country got full support from the White House today.
"We share the French goal of denying terrorists a safe haven in the region, and we support the French operation. We are supporting the French by sharing information and we are considering requests for logistical support," said Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary.
But is the offensive working and will the U.S. have to get more involved?
Erin Burnett spoke to ITN's Lindsey Hilsum, who is in the capital, Bamako and she asked her how the French are doing in the fight against the militants.
A deadly conflict between al Qaeda linked militants and Mali government is escalating and the United States may soon be in the middle of it.
Islamic militants, who have controlled northern Mali for months, are now threatening to take control of the entire country.
The militant uprising prompted France to take action over the weekend as they began bombing rebel training camps and the United States is not far behind.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the U.S. will participate in Mali but they are still deciding what our involvement will look like.
Erin Burnett reported from the Mali border last summer and saw firsthand how dangerous the situation can be. Burnett reached out to her sources on the ground.
Omar Ould Hamaha, a leader of the Islamist group, Ansar dine in Mali, says the militants are "excited" and would welcome the opportunity to fight U.S. troops on the ground.
Outfront tonight: Rudy Atallah is the defense departments former Africa counterterrorism director, Geoff Porter is an adviser on political and security risks in North Africa, and Chris Lawrence is CNN's pentagon correspondent.
In what many are calling a second coup, Mali's Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra was arrested at his home Monday. The military accuses Diarra of "playing a personal agenda" and "calling for subversion." Diarra abruptly resigned Tuesday on Mali's state television.
Diarra appeared on Erin Burnett OutFront and discussed the rising threat of al Qaeda in Mali and what he is doing to get UN support to fight Islamic militants that have taken over roughly two-thirds of the country.
CNN's Erin Burnett talks about the third most highly searched word during the third and final presidential debate, Mali.
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