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Jihadists May Gain Upper Hand in W/Africa, Sahel Region If…–France

•France warns W. Africa instability risks reversing gains against jihadists ahead of G5 Sahel summit Mali and Burkina Faso must guarantee at a summit this week that their domestic political problems do not reverse fragile military successes against Islamist militants in the Sahel region, a French presidential source said on Monday. Former

Sahel Coalition Aim for Lasting Peace in West Africa

Organized by G5 Sahel, EU, coalition has brought together officials of 60 countries and international organizations More than 60 countries and international organizations have reaffirmed their commitment to fighting terrorism in Africa's Sahel region, which has seen ''extreme violence'' in 2020. The pledge was announced on June 12 during the first ministerial

G5 Sahel needs more support to battle terrorism, says UN

The G5 Sahel Joint Force faces persistent training and equipment shortfalls at a time of spiralling violence in the battle against militant Islamist groups in the region, according to a United Nations report released on Tuesday, November 12. The report, submitted to the U.N. Security Council by Secretary General Antonio Guterres,

Insurgency: EU pledges €138M to support G5 Sahel Joint Force

The European Union is to give €138 million ($155 million) more to support the G5 Sahel Joint Force, including its police component, a joint E.U.-G5 Sahel statement said, a week after Niger’s president called for sustainable U.N. funding or an an international coalition to fight insurgency in the Sahel. Noting “renewed

Mali: Ivory Coast to send 650 more troops to UN mission

Jude Johnson With Nigeria embroiled with internal security challenges--Buratai, Ivory Coast has stepped in to assist in quelling the crisis in the West African neighbouring country of Mali. To this end, Ivory Coast will more than quadruple its troop presence in the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in neighbouring Mali to 800.

‘Counter-terrorism requires global approach’

The G5 Sahel Permanent Secretary, Maman Sambo Sidikou has restated that the fight against terrorism in the region requires a comprehensive approach, coupled with further consultations and intelligence-sharing. The Permanent Secretary of this bloc made the announcement after meeting the Ivorian president, Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan on Tuesday. “Our destinies are common.

Counter-Terrorism: EU, France announces $1.5bn aid for African Sahel

The European Union (EU), and France have announced 1.3bn euros ($1.5bn) of development funding aimed at combatting armed groups in African Sahel countries, which are struggling with armed groups and lawlessness. The EU has pledged 800m euros to the effort, Neven Mimica, the bloc's international cooperation and development commissioner, told a conference in

Mauritanian general to take over Sahel anti-terror force

Mauritania's deputy chief of staff General Hanena Ould Sidi will take charge of the five-nation "G5 Sahel" force following a series of deadly jihadist rebel attacks, official sources said. The decision to remove Malian commander General Didier Dacko from the post was reached July 2 at a G5 meeting of Mauritania,

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