special forces

How French soldiers risk compromising their security on social networks

France — Investigation

The French military has banned soldiers from posting sensitive information online. However, via a number of different apps Mediapart has managed to discover the profiles of more than 800 French troops deployed abroad and the profiles of more than 200 special forces soldiers. The military's general staff meanwhile is reluctant to discuss the precise measures that have been taken to contain a problem that could put the security of military personnel and their operations at risk, especially from terrorists who target French troops abroad. Justine Brabant and Sébastien Bourdon report.

Macron defends tourist rescue decision that left 2 soldiers dead

France — Link

President's intervention came as he paid tribute to two special forces soldiers killed as row continued over risks taken by the French tourists.

Two French marines die rescuing hostages in Burkina Faso

International — Link

Two marines and four suspected kidnappers died in an exchange of fire when a French special forces unit overnight rescued two French nationals, an American and a South Korean being held hostage in northern Burkina Faso.

French special forces helping Syrian rebels on the ground

International — Link

The special forces, who are advising rebels hoping to retake IS-held town of Manbij, will not engage in combat with ISIS militants, a French official said.

French special forces 'waging secret war' against IS in Libya

France — Link

Report that President Hollande has authorised 'unofficial' military action by elite army unit plus intelligence services in conflict-torn state.

At least 12 dead as French-assisted raid ends Mali siege

International — Link

Four UN contractors freed in raid, but Mali's UN peacekeeping operation MINUSMA said 5 people associated with mission had died.

France says special forces killed two Islamist chiefs in Sahel region

International — Link

One of the men killed was named as Amada Ag Hama, who has been linked to the murder of two French journalists in 2013.