French Defense Minister: 2,000 Boots on Ground in Mali

‘The announcement was made in a televised interview on Saturday. Le Drian also said that a further 900 French soldiers were supporting the military operation from bases outside the African nation.

Asked whether Paris would send further troops on ground in Mali, the minister said, “2,500 is what was initially announced, perhaps we will go beyond that.” Le Drian added that “around 4,000 troops will be mobilized for this operation” in Mali and outside bases.’

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