France to increase West Africa troops to support Boko Haram fight

by | March 12, 2015 9:57 am

France is increasing its West African counter-insurgency force to support regional forces fighting Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, defence minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said on Wednesday, reports Reuters.

France has head- quartered its more than 3,000-strong Sahel counter-insurgency force, Barkhane, in the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, some 50 km (30 miles) from the Nigerian border.

Until now those troops have largely been tasked with tracking al Qaeda- linked militants spanning across the Sahara from Mauritania in the west and southern Libya in the east.“We will slightly increase the numbers on Barkhane,” Le Drian told reporters without giving specific details.”