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ANALYSIS-After Algerian incident, W.Africa fears Mali spillover

By David Lewis DAKAR, Jan 18 (Reuters) - By seizing hundreds of hostages at a gas plant in the Algerian desert, al Qaeda-linked militants angry at French intervention in Mali sent a clear message: they could strike anywhere in the Sahara. Many experts now believe the sight of a former colonial power leading unprepared West African armies into war against Islamists in Mali could spark similar attacks across a swathe of smaller, more vulnerable nations to the south.

UPDATE 1-Canada says will provide transport plane for anti-rebel campaign in Mali

* Canadian plane will carry cargo from France to Mali * Canada will not consider military mission -prime minister * Britain has already announced similar measure (Adds Harper statement, background) OTTAWA, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Canada will send a military transport plane to provide temporary heavy-lift support for a French campaign against Islamist rebels in Mali, the government said on Monday.

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

* 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.
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