Saturday 1 October 2016

Three French soldiers killed on duty in Libya

Published 20/07/2016 | 13:31

French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed the deaths of the soldiers
French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed the deaths of the soldiers

Three French soldiers have been killed in Libya.

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French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said he "deplores the loss of three soldiers" on duty in Libya, but gave no further details.

Officials in Libya said the Islamist militia shot down a helicopter near Benghazi on Sunday.

French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll on Wednesday gave a rare acknowledgement that there are French special forces operating in the North African country, which has slid into chaos after the uprising that led to the downfall and killing of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The deaths apparently reveal secretive Western military co-operation with the anti-Islamist eastern forces opposed to the UN-brokered, Tripoli-based unity government.

AP

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