French special forces on ground fighting ISIS

2016-02-24 22:55
French forces on parade. (Damien Meyer, AFP)

French forces on parade. (Damien Meyer, AFP)

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Cairo - Two Libyan military officials say French special forces are in the eastern city of Benghazi helping Libyan troops battle Islamic State militants (ISIS).

The officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday that a French combat squad, consisting of 15 special forces, had carried out four military operations across Benghazi against ISIS militants and other militias.

They said that the French forces, along with American and British teams, are setting up an operations room in Banina air base in Benghazi. France is expected to join an international coalition against ISIS in Libya.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

The French defence ministry declined to comment, citing a policy not to comment on special forces' activities.

The US carried out airstrikes against the extremist group's position in the western city of Sabratha last week, killing dozens.

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