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French forces kill senior jihadi in northern Mali

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Ahmed al-Tilemsi was a commander of the al-Mourabitoun Islamist group and took part in the 2011 kidnapping of French nationals.

France sends 100 extra troops to Mali

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Clashes between Malian forces and Tuareg separatists prompted Paris to send reinforcements to join the 1,600 French troops already in Mali.

France says 40 Islamists killed in recent Mali operations

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Among those dead is Omar Ould Hamaha, known as 'Red Beard', a commander of armed groups who occupied northern Mali in 2012.

Central Africa 'won't sap France's military'

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In visit to capital Bangui, defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian insists French mission in Central African Republic will be a success 'like Mali'.

French forces kill 19 Islamist fighters in north Mali

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Deaths come amid new French military operation aimed at pockets of al Qaeda-linked fighters still holding out across the north of Mali.

Central African Republic crisis: France sends more troops

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Around French 200 troops have arrived, with another 500 expected imminently, in a bid to restore order after a rebel takeover.

France sends 1,000 troops to crisis-hit Central African Republic

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The peace-keeping force will join another 420 French troops already on the ground amid fears that the CAR is on the brink of a bloody civil war.

French soldiers kill Indian nationals amid CAR unrest

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French troops guarding the airport at the Central African Republic's capital Bangui, to which rebels are advancing, shot dead two Indian nationals.

Fierce fighting as rebels resurge in northern Mali

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Zones of northern Mali recaptured by French-led forces see rebel resurgence as Mali army struggles to secure parts of Gao and Timbuktu.

Troops from Napoleon's 1812 Russia campaign buried in Belarus

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An official burial ceremony is held in Belarus for 110 Napoleonic soldiers who died in a major battle in 1812 against the Russian army.

French soldier dies, two others wounded, in Taliban ambush

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Death toll of French armed forces in Afghanistan rises to 88 after a soldier dies from wounds after a Taliban ambush in Kapisa province.

France officially begins Afghanistan withdrawal

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President Hollande's pledge to withdraw all French troops from Afghanistan this year begins with formal ceremony, two years before NATO pullout.

Four French troops dead, five wounded in Afghanistan suicide attack

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Four French troops were killed and another five wounded in a suicide bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday.

Four French soldiers killed in Afghanistan

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Four French soldiers were killed, and 16 others wounded, in Afghanistan after a serviceman from the Afghan National Army opened fire on them.

Roadside bomb wounds 5 French peacekeepers in south Lebanon

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A roadside bomb struck a vehicle carrying UN peacekeepers in southern Lebanon on Friday, wounding five French soldiers and a Lebanese bystander.