February 2, 2020 / 9:38 AM / 25 days ago

French defence ministry to send 600 more troops to Africa's Sahel

FILE PHOTO: French Defense Minister Florence Parly attends a news conference in Paris, France, November 26, 2019 after thirteen French soldiers were killed in Mali when their helicopters collided at low altitude as they swooped in to support ground forces engaged in combat with Islamist militants. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) - France will deploy 600 more soldiers in the fight against Islamists militants in Africa’s Sahel, south of the Sahara, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said on Sunday.

The reinforcements would mostly be sent to the area between Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, Parly said in a statement. Another part would join the G5 Sahel forces.

France has about 4,500 troops already operating in the region.

Reporting by Tangi Salaun and Maya Nikolaeva; Editing by David Goodman

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