Estonia / Mali: Foreign, defense ministers emphasize need to stabilize Sahel region

13/06/2020 – Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) and Minister of Defense Jüri Luik (Isamaa) on Friday attended a high-level meeting of the Coalition for the Sahel, where they expressed support for the coalition and emphasized the need to stabilize the Sahel region.

The agenda for Friday’s meeting, which was also attended by foreign and defense ministers from France, the U.K-, the U.S. and the G5 Sahel states⁠ — Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad⁠ — as well as other parties and representatives operating in the Sahel region, included military operations in the Sahel region, providing security support to the G5 Sahel countries and engaging the international community, according to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs press release.
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Djibouti – France clears MMP missile for desert operations #Sahel #Barkhane

2018/23/10 – The French Army has carried out operational evaluation of the MMP land combat missile system in Djibouti, to assess the weapon’s suitability for use in semi-desert conditions. Continuer à lire … « Djibouti – France clears MMP missile for desert operations #Sahel #Barkhane »

Mali/Estonia – Estonian troops in Mali performing active security and patrols

2018/08/29 – Estonian infantry platoon ESTPLA-26, participating in French-led Operation Barkhane in the West African country of Mali, commenced their primary task of manning entrances and control posts at the Gao base in the northeast of the country during week ending 26 August. The unit performed the function on three separate occasions as well as carrying out a joint patrol with the French troops, it is reported by the Baltic News Service.

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Mali – French desert troops take to boats in Mali

2018/08/25 – French desert troops recently took to boats to patrol the Niger River in Mali, the first time that the crafts have been used in the Barkhane counter-terrorism operation in the Sahel, the French armed forces said.

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Mali – G5 Sahel force licks wounds after HQ attack

2018/07/21 – On June 29, a suicide attack shook the headquarters of the Sahel’s five-nation anti-terror force, failing to inflict major damage but exposing the fragility of the much-trumpeted scheme.
Countries in the G5 Sahel — Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger — joined with France, the big international backer of the force, in vowing not to surrender to fear.
The attack killed three people, two of them soldiers, and wrecked the entrance to the base, located in the central Malian town of Sevare. Continuer à lire … « Mali – G5 Sahel force licks wounds after HQ attack »

Mali-Sahel: l’ONU, l’UA et Washington appellent à mettre en oeuvre l’accord d’Alger

2018/05/25 – Les Nations Unies, l’Union Africaine et les Etats-Unis ont souligné mercredi, lors d’une réunion du Conseil de sécurité sur la paix en Afrique, l’importance de mettre en oeuvre l’accord de paix issu du processus d’Alger qui demeure le seul instrument en mesure de rétablir la sécurité au Mali et dans la région du Sahel. Continuer à lire … « Mali-Sahel: l’ONU, l’UA et Washington appellent à mettre en oeuvre l’accord d’Alger »

G5 Sahel force ready to launch operations, Niger’s defense minister says

2018/05/13 – The G5 Sahel force is ready to deploy to fight armed extremist groups in the Sahel region of northwestern Africa, Niger’s defense minister said on Sunday, just days after U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the G5 countries to accelerate deployment.
Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger agreed last year to set up the 5,000-strong G5 Sahel joint counter-terrorism force that aims to train 5,000 troops to work alongside French troops and U.N. peacekeepers. Continuer à lire … « G5 Sahel force ready to launch operations, Niger’s defense minister says »

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 -Riigikogu to vote on sending EDF unit to Mali on May 9

2018/05/01 – The Riigikogu’s National Defence Committee decided on Monday to send a bill to the parliament’s plenum for its second reading that would allow the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) to send up to 50 active-duty military personnel to French-led antiterror Operation Barkhane in Mali.

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Mali/Burkina – Sahel: Dozens of Tuareg killed on Mali-Niger border; 100 arrested, explosives seized in Burkina Faso

2018/04/28 – More than 40 Tuareg were killed in two attacks blamed on jihadists on Mali’s northeastern border with Niger, sources said, while Burkina Faso authorities arrested around 100 people and seized explosives in operations near its Mali border.

“There have been 43 deaths in two days, all civilians, from the same community,” tribal leader Sidigui Ag Hamadi told AFP from the regional capital Menaka. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Burkina – Sahel: Dozens of Tuareg killed on Mali-Niger border; 100 arrested, explosives seized in Burkina Faso »