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US, France expand special forces cooperation

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Washington (AFP) – The US and French defense chiefs signed a new “roadmap” for cooperation between their special operations forces Friday as both seek to build international efforts to counter non-state threats like Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group. French Defense Minister Florence Parly signed the pact at the Pentagon with her counterpart Lloyd Austin,¬†on a visit that came as the US pulls out of Afghanistan and France cuts its counter-terror operations in Africa’s Sahel region. “In the face of terrorism, our special forces have developed a true brotherhood of arms. This convention will de…

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