Mali’s president urges support for foreigners battling Islamist insurgents

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Mali’s president urged citizens to support foreign troops struggling to contain an Islamist insurgency he said threatens the country’s existence, after protests against the presence of French forces in the West African nation.“These foreign troops are here because we asked them to, because we need their help,” Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said in a statement on public broadcaster ORTM on Saturday.The statement came less than a week after 13 French soldiers were killed in an accident involving two…

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