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MAY 08, 2014 - Yahoo! News

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France to deploy 3,000 soldiers in Sahel

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,\" Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a television interview. \"We are reorganising our contingent so that 3,000 French soldiers are in that zone.\" Le Drian said France was \"in the process of ending its frontal war phase\" in Mali but added that 1,000 French soldiers will remain, based near the town of Gao in the insurgency-hit ... Read More

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