French defense ministry to send 600 more troops to Africa's Sahel

A close-up of a France's flag patch worn by French troops in Africa's Sahel region as part of the anti-insurgent Operation Barkhane in Inaloglog, Mali, October 17, 2017. (File photo: Reuters)

France will deploy 600 more soldiers in the fight against terrorist militants in Africa's Sahel, south of the Sahara, French Defense Minister Florence Parly said on Sunday.

The reinforcements would mostly be sent to the area between Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, Parly said in a statement. Another part would join the G5 Sahel forces.

France has about 4,500 troops already operating in the region bringing the total to 5,100.

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