Jack has been watching N. Africa pretty closely, and is sure to have more on this as details emerge. Here’s the latest in the the failed French hostage rescue attempt. -Brandon

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At least one French soldier has been killed in Somalia during a failed bid to free a French hostage, who is also believed to have died, the French defence minister has said.

The operation to free the secret agent, with the alias of Denis Allex, was launched by France’s elite DGSE secret service, Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement on Saturday, adding that another French soldier was missing.