The private military contractor providing aerial support to Mozambican ground forces battling Islamic State-linked insurgents near a $20bn  natural gas project is set to leave the country in a week.

Dyck Advisory Group’s (DAG’s) one-year agreement is coming to an end and has not been extended, with the last helicopter gunship flights on April 2, Lionel Dyck, the South African company’s founder, said by phone. That could leave state troops exposed as they continue a house-to-house mission to find insurgents remaining in Palma, the closest town to the Total site where fighting is continuing, he said...

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