13 French Troops Killed In Helicopter Collision While Pursuing Militan – AuthenticAfrican

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French Defense Minister Florence Parly (left) and French Army Chief of Staff Gen. Franois Lecointre said Tuesday that two helicopters collided in midair and killed 13 French soldiers fighting Islamic extremists in Mali.

It's believed to be the highest single loss for the French military since 1983. "These 13 heroes had only one goal: to protect us," French President Emmanuel Macron said.

(Image credit: Thibault Camus/AP)