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Canada to provide transport plane for anti-rebel campaign in Mali

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* Canada sending giant transport plane for a week

* Britain has already announced similar measure

OTTAWA, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Canada will send a military transport plane to provide temporary support for a French campaign against Islamic rebels in Mali, a senior Canadian official said on Monday.

The official told Reuters that a giant C-17 cargo aircraft would "provide heavy-lift logistical support for one week." The official did not give further details.

Malian President Diouncounda Traore said on Sunday that Canada was announcing logistical support.

Britain has made available two C-17 transport planes which will ferry French medical gear, tanks and other equipment to Mali this week. (Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Paul Simao)

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