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Asociados de Francia y el Sahel impulsan lucha contraterrorista

January 17, 2020 - Francia aumenta sus esfuerzos militares en el Sahel, prometiendo más tropas e instando a EUA a que mantenga su apoyo, en medio de mayor violencia vinculada con grupos milicianos islamistas.

French President Emmanuel Macron met leaders of the so-called G5 Sahel force on Monday and they vowed to boost their military efforts under a joint command in the Sahel, and to focus their counter-insurgency efforts against the so-called Islamic State militant group.

They also urged the United States to maintain its key support in the fight against Islamic extremism. The U.S. provides intelligence, logistical and drone support for the French forces, but there have been mixed signals from Washington that it could pull out. Reuters said.

France, the former colonial power, has 4,500 troops in the sprawling, semi-arid Sahel, but security has been progressively worsening.

Militants linked to Al Qaeda and so-called Islamic State have strengthened their foothold in the region, making large swathes of territory ungovernable and stoking ethnic violence, especially in Mali and Burkina Faso.

The UN envoy for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, last week said that terrorist attacks have increased five-fold in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger since 2016, with over 4,000 deaths reported in 2019 compared with an estimated 770 deaths in 2016.

PUBLISHED: 17/01/2020; STORY: Graphic News
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