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    Barkhane/Juniper Shield developments

    What is Operation Barkhane?

    • A French-led military operation anti-terrorism operation with the deployment of ~4000 French troops in the Sahel region of West Africa
    • In co-operation with the governments of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger
    • Targeting terrorist/militant organizations including Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Nusrat al-Islam, and other organizations

    Operation Barkhane: France's Counterterrorism Forces in Africa

    What began as a French military reaction to an Islamic insurgency in Mali in 2012 has now grown into a more permanent and cross-border counter-terrorism effort by France and five African nations called Operation Barkhane. Currently, about four thousand French soldiers are involved, based in Mali, Chad, Niger, Ivory Coast, and Burkina Faso, and operating across the entire southern Sahara region. France’s military is also coordinating with West African forces, UN peacekeeping forces, and other allied military operations in the area. Reuters photographer Benoit Tessier spent several days in Mali with some of these French soldiers and their Malian partners recently.
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    Al Qaeda affiliate claims responsibility for Burkina Faso attacks

    OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - A Mali-based al Qaeda affiliate claimed responsibility on Saturday for attacks in neighbouring Burkina Faso that left 16 people dead, including eight gunmen, at the army headquarters and French embassy, Mauritanian news agency Alakhbar reported.

    Eighty others were wounded in the coordinated attacks in the capital Ouagadougou, which follow two other major assaults there in the past two years.

    The group, Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin (JNIM), often uses Alakhbar and other Mauritanian news agencies to claim responsibility for strikes against civilian and military targets across West Africa’s Sahel region.

    Alakhbar, citing a message from the group, reported that the attacks were carried out in response to the killing of one of JNIM’s leaders, Mohamed Hacen al-Ancari, in a recent raid by French forces.

    France intervened in Mali in 2013 to drive back Islamist militants who had seized the country’s desert north. It retains about 4,000 troops deployed across its former colonies in the arid Sahel region as part of the anti-terror Operation Barkhane and has aggressively gone after militant group leaders.

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    Donors Pledge $500 Million for Troops in West Africa's Sahel

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - International donors pledged half a billion dollars for a multinational military operation in West Africa's Sahel region on Friday, as Europe seeks to stop migrants and militants reaching its shores.

    At a conference of about 50 countries including the United States, Japan and Norway, countries pledged 414 million euros ($509 million) for the G5 Sahel force, made up of troops from Mali, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and Mauritania.

    "The number of countries who participated today in the conference gives a signal of the importance," U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan told reporters.

    The European Union, which believes training local forces will allow it to avoid risking the lives of its own combat troops, doubled its contribution to 116 million euros.

    The pledges should allow the force, which has had difficulty raising funds, to be fully operational this year.

    As violence has spiked, concerns have grown that the region could be a springboard for attacks on the West.

    EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged donors to provide the funds quickly, while African leaders said the money pledged so far would only cover the first year of operations.

    President Emmanuel Macron of France, the region's former colonial power with 4,000 troops in the region, said it would continue its own offensive alongside the G5 Sahel force.

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