23/07/2020 – A French soldier was killed in Mali on Thursday morning after combat operations against militants, President Emmanuel Macron’s office said.“This soldier … was killed in fighting against armed terrorist groups, when an improvised explosive device was triggered next to his armoured vehicle,” the presidency aid in a statement.
France has more than 5,000 troops in the West African Sahel region as part of international efforts to fight Islamist militants in the area.
28/08/2019 – Africa is host to a rising number of foreign military operations and bases, largely due to bilateral agreements between some African Union (AU) member states and foreign powers. This is despite the AU Peace and Security Council’s concerns about foreign military bases on the continent and the establishment of new ones. Continuer à lire … « Will countries heed the AU Peace and Security Council’s concerns about foreign military bases on the continent? »
2018/23/10 – The Sahel region is facing significant security, humanitarian and development challenges. Weak state structures and porous borders have enabled Islamist terrorist groups to gain a foothold in the region. Conflicts are threatening stability in several of the region’s countries and have caused the civilian population enormous suffering. The human cost of people smuggling and irregular migration to Europe through the Sahel is huge. Continuer à lire … « Sahel – Strategy for Norway’s efforts in the Sahel region 2018-2020. Norway is stepping up its efforts in the Sahel »
Mali has hit the headlines quite often in the last years, with journalistic articles and reports mainly focusing on the threat posed by terrorist groups in the country as well as in the region. Continuer à lire … « Mali: is it all about terrorism? »