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France deploys 3000 in the Sahel region


By Staff Reporter


France said Thursday it will deploy 3,000 soldiers to combat Islamist violence in the vast and largely lawless Sahel region of Africa.

“Our role is to pursue counter-terrorism in north Mali, the north of Niger and in Chad,” Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a television interview.

“We are reorganizing our contingent so that 3,000 French soldiers are in that zone.”