France To Revise Its Military Operation Barkhane In Africas Sahel Region
France plans to change the model of its military presence in the Sahel region, marking the end of the the currently ongoing anti-insurgent Operation Barkhane, French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Thursday.
“Following consultations with our partners, in particular the United States … European countries … we will begin a comprehensive transformation of our military presence in the Sahel,” Macron said at a press conference.
He noted that further details will be announced in the coming weeks.
“This transformation will involve a change of the model. It will go through a change of the framework, that is, the end of Operation Barkhane,” the French leader said, noting that the operation will be replaced by an international alliance, which will include regional partners.
The Sahel region is one of the African continent’s main hotspots due to the high levels of terrorist activity and illegal migration. In 2014, France launched its anti-terrorist operation to stabilize the situation in the region and help local authorities enforce security.
The Sahel, comprising portions of ten (10) African countries, from left to right: [northern] Senegal, [southern] Mauritania, [central] Mali, [northern] Burkina Faso, [southern] Algeria, [southwestern] Niger, [northern] Nigeria, [central] Chad, [central] Sudan and [northern] Eritrea.