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French helicopters collide over Mali, killing 13

26 November 2019

Two French Army helicopters involved in Operation 'Barkhane' collided over Mali on the evening of 25 November, killing 13 military personnel, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly announced in a press release the next day.

Army General François Lecointre, France's chief of defence staff, said in a joint press conference with Parly on 26 November, "A combat operation conducted in very demanding conditions" ended in the collision of a Tiger and Cougar helicopter at 18h38. Parly said a parachute commando group operating on the ground in complete darkness without moonlight between Gao and Menaka called in air support from Mirage 2000 combat aircraft and Tiger and Cougar helicopters.

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