September 18, 2021

West African and French leaders launch anti-terror force

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Launching of the Group of Five to fight against terrorism and violent extremism in West Africa

The increasing scale of devastation caused by acts of terrorism and violent extremism in Africa is destroying African economies and the future of millions of young people forced to flee their homelands for safety.

The Group of Five for the Sahel States, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, have launched a new multinational force to fight armed groups in the Sahel region.

France’s President Emmanuel Macron told a summit in Mali should be fully operational “in a matter of weeks”.

The new regional anti-terror force is set to include as many as 5,000 soldiers, with one battalion from each of the so-called G5 Sahel countries: Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad, according to aljazeera.

“Our enemies are cowards, but they have determination. They want to destroy us,” Macron said on Sunday, in a regional summit with the G5-Sahel leaders in the Malian capital, Bamako.

The United Nations Security Council has authorized for the deployment of a Joint Force for the Group of Five for the Sahel States (FC-G5S), which the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat has welcomed.

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