January 13, 2020 / 7:50 PM / a month ago

REFILE-France to send extra 220 troops to fight Islamist militants in Sahel - Macron

(Fixes headline to make it “Islamist” instead of “Islamic”)

PARIS, Jan 13 (Reuters) - France will send an extra 220 soldiers to West Africa to fight Islamist militants after agreeing to create a joint command structure with regional states to fight the growing insurgency in the area, President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday.

“We have no choice. We need results,” Macron said after a summit with the leaders of Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Chad.

France has about 4,500 troops already operating in the region. (Reporting by John Irish; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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