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Libya: France’s Confirmed Benghazi Presence: Risks for Western Interests

Earlier this year, Horizon highlighted the presence of French special forces in Benghazi (please see our 1 February Latest Analysis). The presence of French troops in the city’s Beneina airbase, which is controlled by Khalifa Haftar’s forces, has been an open secret since January, when Horizon contacts on both sides of the fighting in Benghazi confirmed their presence. Since then other Western forces have been in the city, but the French have taken a more active role than other groups, which have been more focused on assessing the capabilities of Haftar’s forces in addition to intelligence gathering.

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