Following a series of allegations of human rights abuses committed by the Forces armées maliennes (FAMa) within the context of their collaboration with the Russian paramilitary outfit Wagner, members of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations have since March been pondering their stance towards the United Nations mission in Mali, MINUSMA.
While Chad has yet to send an additional 1,000 Blue Helmets to the United Nations mission in Mali, MINUSMA, the latter has just announced the main deployment locations for the country's soldiers.
The UN's OHCHR is shortly due to hand over its investigation on the killings that took place in the village of Moura in central Mali in March to the body's Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The document points the finger at Mali's Armed Forces and Russia's Wagner group, and could have repercussions on the UN's presence in Mali.
A US delegation led by the assistant secretary of state for international organisation affairs, Michele J. Sison, is scheduled to travel to Mali next week to meet with several officials in the country.
British private security giant G4S and American subcontractor Relyant have applied to help the UN reinforce its strategy to keep its soldiers in Mali safe from improvised explosive devices.
The commandos of Task Force Sabre are having to face up to sweeping changes brought about by the departure of half of France's conventional forces in the region, the growth of the European task force Takuba and a possible reduction in their own numbers.