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From Al Jazeera today:
France confirms three soldiers killed in Libya
French President Francois Hollande confirms three officers killed while on an intelligence mission in Libya.
Three French soldiers have been killed in Libya, officials have said, also confirming for the first time that members of France’s special forces are engaged in operations in the North African country.
French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday the three soldiers had been killed in a helicopter crash during an intelligence-gathering operation.
“At this moment we are carrying out dangerous intelligence operations [in Libya],” Hollande said in a speech.
France’s Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement that he regretted “the loss of three French officers who died while on mission in Libya” – but gave no further information as to where or how the troops were killed.
Earlier on Wednesday, government spokesman Stephane Le Foll provided the first official confirmation that members of the French special forces were operating in Libya, which has been in turmoil since 2011 following the uprising that led to the removal and killing of Muammar Gaddafi.
“Special forces are there, of course, to help and to make sure France is present everywhere in the struggle against terrorists,” Le Foll said.
French special forces, in conjunction with Britain and the US, have been advising forces loyal to eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar, which have been battling opponents in Benghazi for more than two years, the Reuters news agency reported.
Libyan military officials would not comment on a report that the French nationals were in a helicopter that crashed near Benghazi on Sunday. Officials said at the time that four people had died in the crash, all of them Libyan.
A group called the Benghazi Defence Brigades claimed to have shot down the aircraft.
France and Britain led the push in 2011 for the NATO-led air campaign that helped topple Gaddafi’s regime. Both countries were later accused of not doing enough to support Libya after [this] military intervention.
Libya has been split between rival governments and parliaments based in the western and eastern regions, each backed by different militias and tribes.
Libya: Leaked tapes suggest West supports Haftar. Air traffic recordings indicate General Haftar receives Western support despite his opposition to [United Nations-backed unity] Tripoli government: here.
From the BBC today:
Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian reported the deaths of three agents of the General Directorate of Exterior Security’s (DGSE) Action Service, which is carrying out black ops on Libyan soil. The incident underscores the illegal character of the French government’s ongoing military operations in Libya, which are being carried out behind the backs of the French people: here.
After Democrats’ celebration of militarism, US warplanes bomb Libya: here.
US airstrikes on the Libyan coast city of Sirte, which began on Monday, continued yesterday as part of what American officials have made clear will be an ongoing military campaign. While nominally directed against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militias, the fresh eruption of American militarism is more broadly aimed at ensuring US dominance in the region: here.
American ground troops were involved in fighting in Libya this week, in operations that include supporting local militias and coordinating air attacks from a secret base just outside of Sirte, a coastal city that was reduced to rubble by the 2011 US-NATO bombing campaign: here.