War in Mali: clash of French anti-terrorist helicopters
13 dead soldiers, the French President expresses condolences
Two helicopters clashed in Mali during an anti-terrorist operation. 13 dead French soldiers, including six officers, six non-commissioned officers and a corporal are the accounts of the incident made known this morning by French President Emmanuel Macron with an Elysée note. The military was engaged in a mission against jihadist militants in Africa. Macron announced: "The President of the Republic remembers with the utmost respect the memory of these soldiers of the Army who died in service and died for France in the hard fight against terrorism in the Sahel".
The number of French victims rises to 38 during the "Serval" operation.
The war in Mali developed following the coup in March 2012 and the offensive of the National Liberation Movement of the Azawad and the Islamists in December of that year. In January 2013 a French-led multinational force intervened, on a UN mandate, to restore sovereignty over northern Saharan territories. Despite the start of peace talks, the repeated failures of the talks between the various actors (mainly the representatives of the State, of the different ethnic groups, as well as some extremists) make the conflict still to be considered active.
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