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The Sahel threatened by a jihadist tornado
Operation Barkhane soldiers in Burkina Faso. © Philippe de Poulpiquet /PhotoPQR/Le Parisien/MaxPPP
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The Sahel threatened by a jihadist tornado

As the Sahel security crisis worsens, with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) increasingly active, the states in the region find themselves in an ever more vulnerable position. In an attempt to stem the flow of jihadist propaganda which now risks overflowing into the coastal states, a number of security operations have been launched, among them Operation Barkhane, the G5 Sahel joint force, MINUSMA, and the Coalition for the Sahel.

Operation Barkhane soldiers in Burkina Faso. © Philippe de Poulpiquet /PhotoPQR/Le Parisien/MaxPPP
SAHEL FRANCE Diplomacy 24/06/2021
French president Emmanuel Macron.

Paris prepares for end of Operation Barkhane via UN, EU and G5 Sahel 

Following President Macron's announcement on 10 June of France's plans to end Operation Barkhane, the French presidency is trying to mobilise its partners regarding the situation in the Sahel. French diplomats have begun a major operation to persuade the European Union, the UN and the African Union to get more involved in the region, with a Sahel Coalition summit coming up in July and France due to take the chair of the UN Security Council on 1 July. [...]

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