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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.

CHAD SAHEL Diplomacy 07/07/2021
Chadian leader Mahamat Idriss Deby and French President Emmanuel Macron ahead of the state funeral of late Chadian president Idriss Deby in N'Djamena, Chad, 23 April 2021.
Chadian leader Mahamat Idriss Deby and French President Emmanuel Macron ahead of the state funeral of late Chadian president Idriss Deby in N'Djamena, Chad, 23 April 2021. © Christophe Petit Tesson/POOL/EPA/Newscom/MaxPPP

Chad feels let down by EU and France as it battles on the Sahel and Libyan fronts 

As it ramps up its air operations against rebel groups in Libya at the same time as battling in the Sahel amid France's military drawdown there, Chad reckons France and the EU are falling short in their support. [...]

SAHEL FRANCE Diplomacy 24/06/2021
French president Emmanuel Macron.
French president Emmanuel Macron. © Nicolas Landemard/Le Pictorium/MAXPPP

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. [...]

FRANCE Politics 13/10/2020
French President Emmanuel Macron (C) and Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (C-R) visit the troops of France's Barkhane counter-terrorism operation in Sahel region in Gao, northern Mali, 19 May 2017.
French President Emmanuel Macron (C) and Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (C-R) visit the troops of France's Barkhane counter-terrorism operation in Sahel region in Gao, northern Mali, 19 May 2017. © MAXPPP

As presidential election nears, Macron worries of risk of politicising Operation Barkhane 

With just over a year to go before the presidential election, and in light of the events of recent weeks, the French public is starting to take more notice of the country's military presence in the Sahel region. [...]

MALI Diplomacy 22/09/2020
Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the Special Representative for Mali and head of MINUSMA since 2015, will be keeping his post for another four months.
Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the Special Representative for Mali and head of MINUSMA since 2015, will be keeping his post for another four months. © Nicolas Remene/Le Pictorium/MaxPPP

After coup, MINUSMA leadership talks back in full swing 

As the fallout of the 18-August coup continues to rock the country, the head of the peacekeeping operation in Mali, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, should have his mandate extended until April. But the debate on who will succeed him is back on and Washington is still pushing for David Gressly. [...]

WEST AFRICA ALGERIA Diplomacy 08/06/2020
Smaïl Chergui, Africa Union peace and security commissioner.
Smaïl Chergui, Africa Union peace and security commissioner. © Reuters

Algiers strives to return to centre stage in the Sahel 

Algerian president Abdelmadjid Tebboune has been trying for several weeks to bring his influence to bear on the situation in the Sahel. He is relying particularly on African Union peace and security commissioner Smaïl Chergui, who is leading an intense lobbying operation in favour of deployment of a 3,000-strong AU force in the region. [...]

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