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    French Government Spokesman Confirms Special Forces Presence in Libya

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    French troops are in Libya, government spokesman Stephane Le Foll confirmed on Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The spokesman refused, however, to confirm the reported deaths of two French soldiers by militia who shot down their helicopter outside Benghazi on Sunday.

    "The special forces are there, of course, and to help ensure that France is present everywhere in the fight against terrorists," Le Foll said in an interview with the France Info radio station.

    Le Foll additionally said French Defense Minister Jean Yves Le Drian was in the United States to coordinate a Daesh attack on the Iraqi city of Mosul.

    Following Daesh takeover of Libya’s coastal city of Sirte in late 2015, the United Kingdom and Italy have sent special forces to Libya. US and French special forces are reportedly operating in the country, but the reports have not been officially confirmed until now.

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