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France Delivers First Batch Of Fighter Jets To Egypt

AFRICANGLOBE - Egypt on Monday took delivery of three Rafale fighter jets from France, the first of 24 warplanes sold in a 5.2 billion euro ($5.6 billion) deal earlier this year. Egyptian authorities took charge of the planes at an air base in southern France, and they will be flown to Cairo by specially trained pilots.

France To Increase Military Presence In Africa

AFRICANGLOBE - France will broaden its military presence in Africa's Sahel region with specialized new outposts to better fight the "terror threat" from extremist groups such as al-Qaida, the defense minister said Tuesday. In a recent interview, Jean-Yves Le Drian said France is moving toward a regional counterterrorism approach in former French colonies such as Chad, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali.

French, Malian Troops Clash With Terrorists Around Gao

AFRICANGLOBE - French and Malian troops suffered casualties in clashes with terrorists fighters near northern Mali's main town, Gao, France's Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday. He vowed to hunt down the combatants and claimed they had suffered "significant losses".

French and Mali Troops Seize Gao Airport

AFRICANGLOBE - The French defence minister says French-led forces have wrested control of the airport at the terrist held town of Gao northeast of the Mali capital Bamako. In a statement, Jean-Yves Le Drian says the airport and a bridge at the southern entrance to the town have been seized from Al Qaeda-linked terrorists.

France’s Unexpected But Welcomed Move In Mali

AFRICANGLOBE - An unexpected military effort in Northen Mali led by France since Friday has halted the advances of Ansar Dine terrorists in major cities including the capital, Bamako. Algeria, which shares a long border with Mali, gave permission for its air space to be used for bombing raids "without limit" and ECOWAS has welcomed the French offensive.

Mali: Rebel Leader Killed in French Air Strikes

AFRICANGLOBE - French Mirage fighter jets on Sunday pounded Mali for a third day and a top Islamic terror leader was reported killed as African troops headed to the west African country. "There were [air strikes] last night, there are now and there will be today and tomorrow," Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in televised remarks.