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French military helps battle militants in Mauritania

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The operation was against the al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb
  • The group has been suspected in kidnappings of foreigners

(CNN) -- The French military provided "technical support" to Mauritania in an operation against suspected al Qaeda militants, the French defense ministry said Friday.

The operation led by Mauritanians "made it possible to neutralize the terrorist group and to crush their plans of attack against Mauritanian objectives."

It was against a group called the al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the French defense ministry said. It did not provide details on the support.

The group has been suspected in kidnappings of foreigners in Mauritania.

 
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