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France to buy US-made Reaper drones for use in Mali

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  • Romi Elnagar
    France to buy US-made Reaper drones for use in Mali: Report File photo shows a US-made unarmed Reaper surveillance drone. Sat May 18, 2013 12:43PM GMT 15
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      France to buy US-made Reaper drones for use in Mali: Report
      File photo shows a US-made unarmed Reaper surveillance drone.
      Sat May 18, 2013 12:43PM GMT
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      In February, a report published by the World Tribune indicated that the French military has used "Harfang" medium-altitude
      long endurance (MALE) drones manufactured by Israel in the war-torn
      country."
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      France has plans to purchase US-made unarmed Reaper surveillance drones in a
      bid to back up its military operations against fighters in the
      crisis-hit African country, Mali, a report says.

      According to the report published by Air et Cosmos specialist magazine on Friday, France will buy two American medium-altitude Reaper drones following a deal reached between Paris and Washington.

      The report added that the French Air Force, which has already
      deployed Israeli-made armed unmanned drones to the West African nation,
      intends to acquire more modern drones rapidly.

      In February, a report published by the World Tribune indicated that the French military has used "Harfang" medium-altitude
      long endurance (MALE) drones manufactured by Israel in the war-torn
      country.

      The Air et Cosmos report also stated that the French Defense
      Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who is currently on a visit to the US, is
      set to make an official announcement in this regard.

      France launched its war on the resource-rich West African country in
      January under the pretext of fighting al-Qaeda-linked extremists.

      The French-led war on Mali has caused a serious humanitarian crisis
      in the northern areas of the country and has displaced thousands of
      people, who now live in deplorable conditions.

      Amnesty International said on February 1 that serious human rights
      breaches including the killing of children were being conducted in Mali.

      Some political analysts believe Mali's abundant natural resources,
      including gold and uranium, are among the reasons behind the French war
      against the African country.

      http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/05/18/304143/france-to-buy-us-drones-for-use-in-mali/


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