LIBYAPROSPECT – London
The Defence Brigades in Benghazi announced that 13 of their troops were killed in an air raid from foreign forces who used missiles on the Defence Brigades in Al-Jelaidaya in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The Defence Brigades accused the foreign operation room in Benghazi, under the leadership of French forces, of being behind the attack.
Three French soldiers have been killed in Libya after their helicopter was shot down nearby the eastern city of Benghazi. The French President, Francois Hollande, says that the soldiers died in the midst of “dangerous intelligence operations” in Libya.
On Wednesday morning the spokesman for the French Ministry of Defence (MoD), Stephane Le Foll, confirmed that this was the first occasion where French special forces were present in Libya.
The French Minister of Defence, Jean-Yves Le Drain, praised the “courage and commitment” of the soldiers, and he sent condolences out to their families.
Furthermore, the Associated Press (AP) was told by multiple sources of the French soldier’s deaths; they also quoted Libyan officials saying that it was an Islamist militia, while it is the Defence Brigades, who shot the helicopter out of the sky.
Le Foll said in an interview on a French radio station on Wednesday that the French special forces were in Libya to ensure that “France is present everywhere in the fight against terrorism.”
According to BBC the presence of French troops was first reported by the ‘le monde’ newspaper back in February, but Libyan official denied the claims. Le Monde said that French official was in Libya waging a ‘secret war’ to help the fight against Islamic State in Libya.
The fact is not as BBC said, as the French troops are backing Haftar’s forces in Benghazi to fight the revolutionaries including The Defence Brigades of Benghazi.