` France will Deploy 3,000 Soldiers to Combat Islamist Violence in Sahel Region of Africa ‘

#AceWorldNews – PARIS – May 08 – France will deploy 3,000 soldiers to combat Islamist violence in the largely lawless Sahel region of Africa, AFP reported.

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

“We are reorganizing our contingent so that 3,000 French soldiers are in that zone.” France is “in the process of ending its frontal war phase” in Mali, Le Drian told BFMTV, adding that 1,000 French soldiers will remain based near the town of Gao in the insurgency-hit north-east of the country.

AP – RT – AFP – BFMTV

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