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French defence minister to investigate misuse of intelligence reports in Egypt | RFI - Nov. 24, 2021 |

France's defence minister has called for an investigation into reports that Egypt used intelligence supplied by the French military to target and kill civilians suspected of smuggling.

The information, based on leaked documents, was published by the investigative website Disclose.

Operation Sirli, the name given to the mission between the two countries, was designed to provide intelligence on the jihadist threat along Egypt's western border with Libya, Disclose said in its report published on Sunday.

"In principle, the mission...consisted of searching the western desert to find possible terrorist threats coming from Libya, using a light aircraft designed for surveillance and reconnaissance," it said.

"But very quickly, the [French] members of the team understand that the intelligence supplied to the Egyptians is used to kill civilians suspected of contraband," the Disclose post reads.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 20th, 2023 at 07:23:20 AM EST
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