France confirms troops in Libya after three die in combat

From The Local:

France confirmed on Wednesday for the first time that it had troops fighting jihadists in Libya after three were killed on a mission in the country.

Three French soldiers have been killed in Libya, the defence ministry confirmed Wednesday, in the first official confirmation that France has troops in the country.

“Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian regrets the loss of three French officers who died while on mission in Libya,” the ministry said in a statement.

France’s involvement in fighting Isis in Libya was revealed by French newspaper Le Monde in February, but had never been formally confirmed by the government.

The paper claimed French special forces and intelligence services are operating secret missions in Libya to take out Isis leaders after Paris opened up a new front in the war on Isis.

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