A French soldier during an operation in northern Burkina Faso, near the border with Mali. Photo: AFP

Mali’s president urges support for foreigners battling Islamist insurgents

  • French troops entered the country in 2013 and operate alongside a 15,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping mission
  • Both sets of soldiers are deeply unpopular among Malians, who see them as incapable of providing adequate protection
Topic |   Africa

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A French soldier during an operation in northern Burkina Faso, near the border with Mali. Photo: AFP
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The operation in West and Central Africa involves 4,500 personnel and is France’s largest overseas military mission. Photo: AFP

13 French soldiers killed in helicopter collision in Mali, where troops confront Islamic militants

  • French President Emmanuel Macron pays tribute upon hearing of the crash, which occurred during a combat operation
  • A new surge in extremist attacks in Mali has killed well over 100 local troops in the past two months
Topic |   France

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The operation in West and Central Africa involves 4,500 personnel and is France’s largest overseas military mission. Photo: AFP
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