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President Barack Obama selects a club while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. President Obama on Saturday left Washington for his familiar spot on Martha's Vineyard for a two-week summer vacation. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
President Barack Obama selects a club while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. President Obama fled Washington for his familiar spot on Martha's Vineyard for a two-week summer vacation. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
French president Francois Hollande (L) meets with Chad's president Idriss Deby (R), as part of Hollande's work visit to Chad, on July 19, 2014 in N'Djamena. Chad is the last stop of Hollande's trip to three former colonies in west Africa just as France puts finishing touches to a military operation in the restive Sahel region to combat extremist violence. In the Chadian capital of N'Djamena, Hollande visited the headquarters of Operation Barkhane, which apart from troops will mobilise drones, helicopters, fighter jets, armoured vehicles and transport planes. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ALAIN JOCARD (Photo credit should read ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)
French president Francois Hollande (R) and French Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (L) review the French troops at Kossei military base, as part of Hollande's work visit to Chad, on July 19, 2014 in N'Djamena. Chad is the last stop of Hollande's trip to three former colonies in west Africa just as France puts finishing touches to a military operation in the restive Sahel region to combat extremist violence. In the Chadian capital of N'Djamena, Hollande visited the headquarters of Operation Barkhane, which apart from troops will mobilise drones, helicopters, fighter jets, armoured vehicles and transport planes. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ALAIN JOCARD (Photo credit should read ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)
French president Francois Hollande (L) reviews the French troops at Kossei military base, as part of Hollande's work visit to Chad, on July 19, 2014 in N'Djamena. Chad is the last stop of Hollande's trip to three former colonies in west Africa just as France puts finishing touches to a military operation in the restive Sahel region to combat extremist violence. In the Chadian capital of N'Djamena, Hollande visited the headquarters of Operation Barkhane, which apart from troops will mobilise drones, helicopters, fighter jets, armoured vehicles and transport planes. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ALAIN JOCARD (Photo credit should read ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)
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By NEDRA PICKLER

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) - President Barack Obama on Monday directed $10 million in emergency Pentagon spending to help France fight terrorists in northwest Africa.

Obama made the order Monday in a memo to his secretaries of Defense and State from his vacation on Martha's Vineyard off the Massachusetts coast. "I hereby determine that an unforeseen emergency exists that requires immediate military assistance to France in its efforts to secure Mali, Niger, and Chad from terrorists and violent extremists," Obama wrote.

France recently launched a military operation to fight Islamist groups, with some 3,000 troops being dispatched to five of its former colonies in Africa's Sahel region. The operation is code-named "Barkhane" after a crescent-shaped dune in Sahara desert.

Operation Barkhane involves Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad and Mali, where French forces intervened in 2013 to rout Islamic radicals. But the targeted operation in Mali merely dispersed al-Qaida-linked militants there, and their potential ties with Nigerian militant group Boko Haram have become an increasing concern to the French government.








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