BREAKING: 13 French soldiers killed in helicopter crash in Mali during anti-terror operation Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 2, 2021

Thirteen French soldiers were killed in Mali, West Africa, on Monday night, during an anti-terror operation there, the French President Emmanuel Macron said.

The soldiers were fighting radical Islamist militants in the Sahel region.

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“Thirteen of our soldiers died yesterday in Mali. They were engaged in a combat operation against terrorists. These thirteen heroes had only one goal: to protect us. I bow to the pain of their loved ones and comrades,” President Macron said on Twitter.

President Macron expressed his “greatest respect” for the fallen soldiers and “total support” for the French armed forces.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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