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French special forces not specifically targeting jihadis: chief | Reuters
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French special forces not specifically targeting jihadis: chief | Reuters

The head of France’s special forces said on Thursday his units were directly involved in street battles in Mosul’s Old City but denied they were specifically targeting French-born jihadis fighting for Islamic State.

The Wall Street Journal reported last month that French citizens had been killed by Iraqi artillery and ground troops using location coordinates and other intelligence supplied by French special forces during the battle to drive the extremist group from the Iraqi city of Mosul.

About 700 French nationals are fighting in Islamic State ranks in Iraq and Syria. French officials have in the past said their priority on the ground was to ensure they did not return to their homeland to carry out attacks.

Source: French special forces not specifically targeting jihadis: chief | Reuters