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Graphic toont details van jihadistische groeperingen en anti-opstandelingen-operaties in de Sahel.


Geweld laait op in Afrikaanse Sahel, zegt de VN

By Mike Tyler

September 26, 2019 - Groeperingen met banden met al Qaeda en Islamitische Staat hebben hun grip op de Sahel-regio dit jaar versterkt. Ze maken grote
gebieden onbestuurbaar en stoken etnisch geweld op.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Wednesday that West African and international powers are failing to tackle the spiralling threat of Islamist militancy in the Sahel, Reuters said.

France, the former colonial power in the region, intervened in Mali in 2013 to drive out Islamist militants who had occupied the north, but rather than stabilising the region, the situation has progressively worsened.

France still has about 4,500 troops in the region as part of counter-terrorism operations, while the United Nations operates a peacekeeping force in Mali of about 15,000 soldiers and police.

In 2017, five countries – Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, Mali and Mauritania - backed by France, launched the G5 Sahel task force to combat the insurgents. But the initiative has been perennially underfunded.

PUBLISHED: 26/09/2019; STORY: Graphic News