French President Emmanuel Macron attends a conference on French education system at the CNAM in Paris, France, March 27, 2018. Ludovic Marin/Pool via Reuters French President Emmanuel Macron attends a conference on French education system at the CNAM in Paris, France, March 27, 2018. Ludovic Marin/Pool via Reuters

France launches airstrikes at armed Libyan group in Chad

By: MENA
Mon, Feb. 4, 2019
PARIS, Feb 4 (MENA) - French armed forces have intervened in northern Chad and launched airstrikes at an armed group coming in from Libya, Radio France Internationale reported.

The operation took place Sunday and was organized in co-operation with the Chadian army.

A patrol of Mirage 2000 airplanes hit a column of 40 pickups coming from Libya that penetrated “deep into Chadian territory,” the French Defense Ministry said, adding that the “intervention, in response to a request from Chadian authorities, helped hinder this hostile progression and disperse the column.”

French President Emmanuel Macron visited Chad in December and reaffirmed French backing for African anti-extremist forces amid growing international concern about the chaos in Libya.

Macron also met with French soldiers deployed in the Sahel region with Operation Barkhane, France’s largest overseas military mission.
 
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