Mali – U.S. to keep supporting French military effort in Mali: Pentagon chief

2018/04/10 – The United States will continue to support French-led military efforts in Mali against militants and there is no intention to reduce the level of assistance, U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis said on Tuesday.“We have no intention of cutting back one bit on that support,” Mattis said during a press conference with his French counterpart in Paris.

“We will maintain the intelligence support, our logistic support and we fully embrace the French mission there as do a number of our other allies,” Mattis said.


Can AU Tackle Security Challenges in the Sahel?

2018/07/11 – African leaders meeting in Mauritania last week pledged to redouble efforts aimed at curtailing and defeating extremist groups on the continent, especially in the Sahel region. Continuer à lire … « Can AU Tackle Security Challenges in the Sahel? »

Mali – West Africa: Fulani conflict getting worse

2018/05/07 – Whether in Mali, Niger or Nigeria, the nomadic Fulani herders often find themselves in conflict with farmers over scarce resources. But there is more to it than that: Often it becomes a struggle for political supremacy.

The mood is tense in the Menaka region in eastern Mali. According to Reuters, armed men raided two villages earlier this week and killed at least 16 people belonging to the Tuareg ethnic group. By the end of April, at least 40 Tuareg had been killed. The governor of Menaka, Daouda Maiga, described the perpetrators as Fulani, who were linked to the terrorist group, the so-called « Islamic State » (IS). Maiga said the act may have been a retaliatory strike after the Tuareg had supported French troops in an anti-terrorist operation. Continuer à lire … « Mali – West Africa: Fulani conflict getting worse »

Mali Tuaregs blame ISIS-linked group for third deadly attack on civilians in a week

2018/05/02- Jihadists killed 17 civilians in an attack of “inexplicable horror” in northern Mali near the border with Niger, local militia groups said on Wednesday.

“On May 1, members of the same terrorist group summarily executed 17 people in Tindinbawen and Taylalene,” the Movement for the Salvation of Azawad said in a joint statement with the Imghad and Allies Touareg Self-Defence Force (GATIA).AF Continuer à lire … « Mali Tuaregs blame ISIS-linked group for third deadly attack on civilians in a week »

Mali/Estonia: Defence Forces recruiting French translators for African mission #military #Barkhane

2018/01/23 – The Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) are looking to hire a French translator whose task will be to help Estonian military personnel communicate with French soldiers and local residents in the region of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger.

The recruitment center of the EDF is looking for a French translator with a view to working with the Estonian personnel potentially to participate in French-led Operation Barkhane in the African region of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger. The length of the rotation is four months plus training. In the job ad the EDF state that they may send several rotations to participate in the African mission.

Candidates must have French skills at least at the B2 level meet the standard requirements to be accepted into active service. Previous active service or completed conscript service as well as experience working and living in a French-speaking environment is a definite plus.

Estonia will likely participate in Operation Barkhane, a counterinsurgency mission in Africa led by the French. In exchange, the French will deploy a unit of their own military to Estonia as part of the British-led NATO battle group stationed in Tapa.

Defence Minister Jüri Luik is meeting French defense minister Florence Parly on Tuesday. The meeting will focus on strengthening defense cooperation, topics to be discussed also include possibilities to intensify cooperation regarding military operations.

French and Estonian military personnel previously worked together in the Central African Republic and Mali. The meeting will also discuss Estonia’s joining of Operation Barkhane.

The counterinsurgency mission in the Sahel region has been ongoing since 2014. The headquarters of the operation are located in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad. Approximately 3,000 French troops are deployed there. The United Kingdom announced last week that it is also planning to join.

Source: ERR

Mali : UK to step up French operations in Africa as PM and President Macron meet for UK-France Summit #Niger #Chad #Cameroon

2018/01/19 – The Prime Minister is expected to make the announcement as part of the UK-France Summit at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where she will discuss the UK’s strong and wide-ranging bilateral relationship with President Macron.

The helicopters, which will provide logistic support to French troops, are part of a wider effort to increase stability in the Sahel region of Africa in order to tackle Islamist terrorism.
Continuer à lire … « Mali : UK to step up French operations in Africa as PM and President Macron meet for UK-France Summit #Niger #Chad #Cameroon »

Mali- UK to increase support to French operations with three Chinook helicopters as leaders meet at UK-France summit

18/01/18 – The UK is to deploy three Chinook helicopters to Mali to bolster French-led military forces combating jihadist groups in west Africa.

The move will be announced at a summit between France and the UK which will see the two countries agreeing moves to counter terrorism and boost defence co-operation.

The UK will send the RAF helicopters to provide logistic support to French troops for one of the country’s key counter-terrorism operations. Continuer à lire … « Mali- UK to increase support to French operations with three Chinook helicopters as leaders meet at UK-France summit »

Mali ‘Sahel coalition’ wants victories against Islamist militants by mid-2018

12/12/17 – A French-backed West African military force to tackle Islamist militants must secure its first victories by the middle of 2018 to prove its worth and ensure more concrete support from the United Nations, the French and Malian leaders said on Wednesday.

The G5 Sahel – composed of the armies of Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad – launched a symbolic military operation to mark its creation in October amid growing unrest in the region, whose porous borders are regularly crossed by jihadists, including affiliates of al Qaeda and Islamic State. Continuer à lire … « Mali ‘Sahel coalition’ wants victories against Islamist militants by mid-2018 »