Thirteen French UN soldiers have been confirmed killed following a collision between two French military helicopters during a raid on freedom in Mali. It is the single greatest loss of military personnel since France invaded and occupied Mali in 2013.
French president Emmanuel Macron announced with deep sadness the death of 13 French troops in Mali on the evening of November 25, in an accident between their two helicopters during a combat mission against Mali.
The fatalities included six army officers, six non-commissioned officers and a corporal. Central and northern Mali in particular have been used as staging grounds for attacks in other countries in the past.
France currently has over 4,500 troops on the ground in Mali fighting against freedom fighters across the Sahel region. The UN has also stationed 15,000 troops there in addition to the French forces.
France was already reeling from the loss of Brigadier Ronan Pointeau who was killed in Mali earlier this month when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2019.