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French President Emmanuel Macron, center, poses with G5 African heads of state after the G5 Sahel summit in Pau, southwestern France, Monday Jan.13, 2020. France is preparing its military to better target Islamic extremists in a West African region that has seen a surge of deadly violence. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

French summit aims to boost counterterror fight in W. Africa

Jan. 13, 2020 6:56 PM EST

PAU, France (AP) — French and West African heads of states vowed to boost their military efforts under a joint command in Africa's Sahel region, which has seen a surge of deadly violence. They also urged the U.S. to maintain its key support in the fight against Islamic extremism. Leaders of Mali, Burkina...

This photo provided by the French Defense Ministry communication center and taken Tuesday Dec. 17, 2019, shows French soldiers loading a French Reaper drone with two GBU 12 missiles on Niamey airbase, Niger. France's defense ministry said Monday that it had carried out its first armed drone strike, killing seven Islamic extremists in central Mali over the weekend. France joins a tiny group of countries that use armed drones, including the United States. (Malaury Buis/EMA/DICOD via AP)

France says it carries out first armed drone strike in Mali

Dec. 23, 2019 3:01 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France's defense ministry announced Monday it had carried out its first armed drone strike, killing seven Islamic extremists in central Mali over the weekend. France joins a tiny group of countries that use armed drones, including the United States. The drone deployment came nearly one month...

Coffins of 13 French soldiers killed in Mali lay at the Invalides monument during a ceremony Monday Dec.2, 2019 in Paris. In its biggest military funeral in decades, France is honoring 13 soldiers killed when their helicopters collided over Mali while on a mission fighting extremists affiliated with the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

France pays homage to 13 soldiers killed in Mali air crash

Dec. 2, 2019 10:40 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France paid homage Monday to 13 soldiers killed while fighting Islamic State-affiliated extremists in Mali, with their coffins draped in the French tricolor at a solemn ceremony in Paris. “Freedom, alas, often carries the taste of spilt blood,” said French President Emmanuel...

In this Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, photo provided by French Defense Communication and Audiovisual Department (ECPAD), French Defense Minister Florence Parly, third right, and French Army Chief of Staff Gen. Francois Lecointre pay their respects to the 13 French soldiers, in Gao, Mali. Parly arrived in northern Mali on Wednesday after a helicopter collision killed 13 French soldiers fighting Islamic State group-linked extremists, while some in the West African country debated France’s military presence. (Veronique Besnard/ECPAD via AP)

France: Military helicopters in Mali crash not under fire

Nov. 29, 2019 4:21 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France’s army chief of staff is dismissing an Islamic State group affiliate’s claim that it caused a helicopter collision in Mali that killed 13 soldiers. Gen. Francois Lecointre on Friday told French radio RFI that no shots were fired at the helicopters. The Islamic State in the...

A woman lays flowers under portraits of French soldiers, Alex Morisse, left, Romain Salles de Saint Paul, center, and Nicolas Regard at the town hall of Pau, southwestern France, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. Two helicopters collided on a moonless night and killed 13 French soldiers fighting Islamic State group-linked extremists in Mali, France said Tuesday, mourning its highest military death toll in nearly four decades. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

French defense minister visits Mali after 13 soldiers killed

Nov. 27, 2019 2:19 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — France’s defense minister Florence Parly arrived in northern Mali on Wednesday after a helicopter collision killed 13 French soldiers fighting Islamic State group-linked extremists, while some in the West African country debated France’s military presence. The Monday crash...

13 more bodies of soldiers found days after Mali attack

Nov. 22, 2019 9:22 AM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — People in Mali say 13 more bodies of soldiers have been found days after an attack by Islamic extremists in the northeast killed at least 30. A local leader said Friday that villagers in Tabankort found six bodies of Malian soldiers at the site of Monday’s attack and buried them....