Panetta: No US troops on the ground in Mali

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, second right, and Portugal's Defense Minister Jose Pedro Aguiar-Branco listen to the national anthems at the Sao Juliao fort in Oeiras, near Lisbon, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. This is the first stop of a European trip that is expected to be Panetta's last overseas trip as secretary. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday that the U.S. has ruled out putting any American troops on the ground in Mali, but officials are hoping the French will be able to succeed in establishing better security for the West African nation.

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