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France to deploy 600 more troops in Africa’s Sahel

France will soon be sending 600 more soldiers to Africa’s Sahel region, where it already has thousands of troops stationed as part of a counter-terrorism mission.

According to reports, Defense Minister Florence Parly said in a statement on Sunday that the reinforcements would mostly be deployed to the border area between Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, which is beset by gruesome violence from Takfiri terrorist groups.

Parly added that another part of the reinforcements would join the G5 force in Sahel region, where France already has about 4,500 troops, alongside a 13,000-strong UN peacekeeping force.

The Sahel, a semi-arid stretch of land south of the Sahara Desert, has been in turmoil since 2012, when a number of armed separatists started targeting the local population in Mali.

The fresh deployment will increase the number of French boots on the ground in the region to 5,100.