French air strikes and commandos kill 30 extremists in the Sahel 1

French air strikes and commandos kill 30 extremists in the Sahel

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Paris: The French army has said in recent days that French and Malian military operations have killed more than 30 extremists in the Sahel in Africa in an effort to strengthen the fight against jihadist groups in the region.

According to a French military statement, two air strikes took place on Friday involving one of the first armed drones in France, killing around 20 militants in the turbulent border areas where Niger and Burkina Faso met.

The statement said that earlier this week, two French commandos killed about a dozen others in the border area, and extremists, including Deish, operated here.

The French army stated that the French Balhan forces in the Sahel cooperated closely with the Malian forces and did not report any casualties to the French or Malian forces.

The military action of France comes after France has announced plans to send another 600 soldiers to its Barkhane troops on 2 February, increasing the number of troops there to 5,100. Most new troops will concentrate in the border area of ​​the three countries, the center of operations against jihadist groups.

Barkhane has been active in the region since 2014. French president Emmanuel Macron and leaders of the G5 Sahel G5 Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad launched new plans to combat extremists in the area last month.

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