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French A400M flies first operational mission to Niger

A French air force A400M transport aircraft has carried out its first operational mission to Niger, carrying helicopters, freight and personnel directly...

France turns to armed drones in fight against Sahel militants

France will arm its surveillance drones in West Africa as part of counter-terrorism operations against Islamist militants, Defence Minister Florence Parly said. French...

French president heading for Sahel

President Emmanuel Macron heads to Mali on Sunday to throw France's weight behind a new West African military force he hopes will...

French soldiers wounded in Mali mortar attack

Several French soldiers were wounded, one seriously, in a mortar attack claimed by al Qaeda's local affiliate on a United Nations peacekeeping...

France confident US will not cut into Mali UN mission needs

France's foreign minister is confident the United States will not seek cuts to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali, adding Paris...

RAF airlift assistance for French counter-insurgency ops in Africa

A crew from the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) Number 99 Squadron have been assisting French troops in sub-Saharan Africa by delivering supplies...

Additional French Reapers deployed to Niger

The French military has taken delivery of another two MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from General Atomics, out of a total...

French UAVs exceed 15 000 flight hours in the Sahel

French unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) deployed in the Sahel as part of Operation Barkhane have accumulated more than 15 000 flight hours. The...

France removes Mirage 2000Ds from Niger

The French Air Force has withdrawn its two Mirage 2000D fighter jets from Niamey, Niger, serving with Operation Barkhane. The aircraft had been...

France rotates Barkhane aircraft

The French Air Force has rotated some of its aircraft deployed in Africa as part of Operation Barkhane. Four two-seater Dassault Rafales based...


Additional troop deployment is welcome and shows the need for a strong SANDF

The announcement on Wednesday 14 July that 25 000 members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will be deployed to help counter...
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