France resumes military operations with Mali amid terror threat

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By Euronews with agencies  •  Updated: 05/07/2021 - 17:13

French Barkhane unit  commandos equine   a instrumentality   weapon  connected  a camouflaged pickup arsenic  Malian workers thrust  by earlier  heading connected  a ngo  from their basal  successful  Gao, Mali, June 7, 2021.

French Barkhane unit commandos equine a instrumentality weapon connected a camouflaged pickup arsenic Malian workers thrust by earlier heading connected a ngo from their basal successful Gao, Mali, June 7, 2021.   -   Copyright  AP

Just 1 period aft Paris suspended bilateral practice with Mali pursuing a coup successful the West African nation, France said connected Friday that it would resume associated subject operations with Bamako aft all.

"Following consultations with the Malian transitional authorities and the countries of the portion (...) France decided to resume associated subject operations arsenic good arsenic nationalist advisory missions, which had been suspended since June 3," the French Defence Ministry said successful a statement.

The connection cited the panic menace arsenic the crushed for the resumption of operations.

"The objectives of violent groups are the establishment, passim West Africa, of extremist Islamism arsenic good arsenic the regression of freedoms and quality rights. France remains afloat committed to opposing them with its European and American allies, alongside Sahel countries and planetary missions," the French Defence Ministry said.

Last month, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the authoritative extremity of Operation Barkhane, a seven-year ngo against jihadist groups linked to al-Qaida and the alleged Islamic State radical successful the Sahel.

The European state is preparing to trim its much than 5,000 troops successful the coming months.

France alternatively volition measurement up its engagement successful Takuba, an planetary task unit with the information of different European countries.

Meanwhile, much accent volition beryllium placed connected African determination partners to patrol the Sahel.

But the displacement takes spot amid a worsening governmental and information situation successful the region. In May, Mali underwent its 2nd coup successful little than a year.

Recent attacks successful Burkina Faso and Niger person moreover sparked interest that France's withdrawal volition make a vacuum that volition payment jihadist groups.

Speaking astir the upcoming extremity of Barkhane, Defence Minister Parly said connected Friday: "This translation does not mean we're leaving the Sahel, nor that we are going to dilatory down our counterterrorism operations" successful the region.

"We, Europeans, person a corporate work to unafraid the confederate flank of Europe. It is indispensable not to let the Sahel and much broadly Africa to go a structure and enlargement country for these violent groups," she added.

Takuba presently includes 600 troops successful Mali. While fractional are French, the planetary task unit besides relies connected Estonian, Czech, Swedish and Italian soldiers. Romania has pledged to contribute.

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