Macron intends to officially announce the end of Operation Barkhane in the Sahel | news

Macron intends to officially announce the end of Operation Barkhane in the Sahel |  news
Macron intends to officially announce the end of Operation Barkhane in the Sahel |  news

Macron intends to officially announce the end of Operation Barkhane in the Sahel | news

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The French Presidency said that President Emmanuel Macron will officially announce the end of “Operation Barkhane anti-terrorist operation” in the Sahel tomorrow, Wednesday, some three months after Barkhane forces withdrew from Mali.

The Elysee explained that Macron, who is visiting Toulon, will deliver a speech that will “represent an opportunity to officially declare the end of Operation Barkhane and a major adjustment of our bases in Africa”.

About 3,000 French soldiers are still deployed in Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso.

Military coups in Mali, Chad, and Burkina Faso weakened France’s alliances in those countries and further limited French influence.

In 2014, France launched Operation Barkhane, which would become its longest overseas operation since the end of the Algerian War in 1962, with the participation of some 5,500 troops deployed in Mali, Niger and Chad, in partnership with the five Sahel countries. Saharan countries (Mauritania), Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad).

Macron intends to officially announce the end of Operation Barkhane in the Sahel |  news
Coups in several African countries limited French influence on the continent (Reuters)

According to the French Armed Forces Ministry in December 2021, the Barkhane Mission owns three military bases in northern Mali. The main base is in Gao and is equipped with attack helicopters, units called “GTD” or “Desert Battle Groups”, as well as heavy armored vehicles and transport logistics equipment.

The force reached 5,500 troops at the height of its deployment in the Sahel, after its forces had been driven out of Mali by the ruling military council since 2020, when the French army finally withdrew from the country in mid-August.

According to Elysee, the principle that France will follow in Africa is to “reduce the presence and visibility of our armed forces in Africa and focus on cooperation and support (…) primarily in terms of equipment, training and intelligence ‘when countries so request’.

Paris is banking on its ancient and military presence on West African shores; Where there are also bases outside of Mali, including the French military base in Côte d’Ivoire, which includes 900 troops, contains a “large logistical” strategic infrastructure and is considered a “reservoir for rapid-response forces in the event of a crisis in the sub-region,” said the French army ministry months with.

In Gabon there is a detachment of 350 soldiers based in the de Gaulle camp near Libreville airport, consisting of a “prepared forces” tank. In Senegal, 350 French soldiers are stationed in Oucam and in the military port of Dakar with an airstrip.

The Mission Saber command post is also located in the Sahel near Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.


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