France will end anti-terror Operation Bakhane in Africa's Sahel
June 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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A French armoured vehicle drives by the Mount Hombori on March 27, 2019 during the start of the French Barkhane Force operation in Mali's Gourma region. - Troops will begin operating near the Burkina border from a new French military base in east-central Mali. The base will be the newest outpost of Operation Barkhane, France's 4,500-strong anti-jihadist force which is headquartered in Chad but also operates in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. (Photo by Daphn?? BENOIT / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAPHNE BENOIT/AFP via Getty Images)
France is to end its years-long anti-terror mission targeting Islamists in the Sahel region of West Africa, French President Emmanuel Macron announced Thursday.
Paris (CNN)France is to end its years-long anti-terror mission targeting Islamists in the Sahel region of West Africa, French President Emmanuel Macron announced Thursday.
Macron said France would now consult with its American and European partners and initiate a "profound transformation" of the French military presence in the Sahel.
"This transformation will translate into a model change" with a "new framework" which means "the end of Barkhane as an external operation, to allow for an operation of support and cooperation with armies in the countries of the [Sahel] region that ask for it," Macron said.
Operation Barkhane would be replaced by "a military operation and an international alliance, associating countries in the region with all our partners, strictly limited to the fight against terrorism," Macron said.
"The long-term presence of France in external operations cannot be a substitute to the return of the State and services of the State to the political stability and choice of sovereign states" in the region, Macron said.