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Mali: Wagner, G5, France… Who is on the front line fighting jihadists?

By Marie Toulemonde
Posted on Tuesday, 12 October 2021 08:05

As France has begun to reduce its military presence in Mali, we look the data, and map out the different forces at work against the jihadists. These include the G5 Sahel, the Takuba task force and maybe even Russian mercenaries Wagner.

“France is not leaving Mali,” said Florence Parly, France’s minister of the armed forces, after her meeting in Bamako with Colonel Sadio Camara, her Malian counterpart, on 20 September. The minister – who embarked on a mini-tour of the Sahel that also took her to Niger, a country that is set to become the cornerstone of French military strategy in the region when the ‘tactical redeployment’ of Operation Barkhane becomes fully effective – knows that the current situation is particularly tense.