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French actions ‘neutralize 50 terrorists’ near Mopti in central Mali

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The Defense Post

French actions ‘neutralize 50 terrorists’ near Mopti in central Mali

Barkhane operations between February 9 and 17 targeted Islamic State and al-Qaeda affiliated militants

by Fergus Kelly

Around 50 militants were “neutralized” in actions carried out by the France-led Operation Barkhane targeting Islamic State and al-Qaeda affiliated fighters in Mali, according to an Armed Forces Ministry release.

The operations, conducted in two phases between February 9 and 17 around the central town of Mopti, were the result of “preparatory work and intelligence gathering that made it possible to characterize with certainty the activity of armed terrorist groups,” the Thursday, February 20 release said.

Around 30 motorcycles and two pickup trucks were destroyed, and weapons, telephones and electronic equipment were seized during the actions.

In the first operation, carried out northwest of Mopti between February 9 and 10, airstrikes conducted by Reaper drones and Mirage 2000 jet fighter aircraft along with combat helicopter engagements “neutralized some 20 armed combatants” including an Islamic State in the Greater Sahara officer.

Read more: https://thedefensepost.com/2020/02/21/mali-france-barkhane-50-terrorists-mopti/