France minister: About 10 French ex-soldiers fighting with Islamic extremists in Syria, Iraq

January 21, 2015 12:00 PM

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PARIS – France's defense minister says about 10 former French soldiers are fighting with Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, among the hundreds of French radicals believed to be fighting in the region.

Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed a report on French radio RFI that former French soldiers are in the region, insisting it remains an "extreme rarity."

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