West Africa: France Announces End to Anti-Jihadist Operation in Sahel

France will begin a gradual withdrawal of its troops in the Sahel region of West Africa as part of a plan to put to an end its eight-year operation dubbed ‘Barkhane’.

French President Emmanuel Macron made the announcement on Thursday during a press conference. He said the plan is to replace the French troops with a broader international mission, without immediately providing further details.

“We will make a drawdown in an organised way,” President Macron said, noting that the details of the plan…

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