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Don’t take our troops for granted, France warns West African states fighting Islamists

John Irish   The West African states fighting Islamist militancy in the region should not take France’s military presence for granted because Paris will not be there forever, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday. The Sahel region is suffering from a spike of violence from militant groups linked to al Qaeda

Can AU tackle security challenges in the Sahel?

Ibrahim Ahmed Mauritania President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou, Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Chad President Idriss Deby, Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore pose before a working session of the African Union in Nouakchott, Mauritania, July 2, 2018. African leaders meeting in Mauritania last week pledged to

EU to double funding for African Sahel force-sources

The European Union is to double its funding for a joint African military force to fight jihadists in the Sahel region with a 50-million-euro boost, EU sources said Wednesday. The bloc is expected to announce the new money for the G5 Sahel force, grouping Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger,