Libyan protesters hold banners and placards during a demonstration to protest against the French military intervention in the country on July 20, 2016 on Martyrs' Square in the capital Tripoli. AFP / STRINGER
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Libya's U.N.-backed unity government has said France did not coordinate with it over the presence of French troops in Libya and that it would not compromise on its sovereignty after France announced the deaths of three of its soldiers there.Special forces teams from countries including France, Britain and the United States are on the ground in western and eastern Libya to fight Islamist militants.The French have been working alongside forces loyal to eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar who have been battling Islamist militants and other opponents in Benghazi and elsewhere in the east. But Haftar has rejected the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord in Tripoli, which is backed by major Western powers – including France.
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