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CFR | EU Task Force Takuba in Mali, 8 Dec 2020
A Franco-Estonian elite unit, styled Task Force Takuba, has arrived in northern Mali and is based near the city of Gao. Czech and Swedish forces are due to arrive soon. From media reports, the deployments go beyond the training and support of indigenous military.

The contributing elements are from each country's elite special forces units, and they will also work with the regular French troops deployed since 2013 as part of Operation Barkhane. Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, and Greece have made commitments to send special forces to Mali, as has Italy ...

europarl | End of European operations in and commitments to Mali, 15 Mar 2022
Since 2012, France and several of its European partners have been present in Mali to help ensure regional security. A total of 53 French soldiers have lost their lives in Operation Barkhane, a military campaign protecting Mali from the Islamist threat.
Given the Malian junta's hostility towards the EU and France, will the Commission put an end to its commitments to Mali and all these subsidies?
Forsvarsmakten | Task Force Takuba suspended - new challenges await, 25 Apr 2022
"The reason was the Malian junta's unwillingness to hold democratic elections and their cooperation with the Russian Wagner Group that had sent mercenaries to Mali."
by Cat on Mon Jun 6th, 2022 at 04:07:21 PM EST
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Mali has had a coup in 2020 and one in 2021.

Wagner company arrived in January 2022, western forces started leaving in February 2022.

Western forces leaving now is more likely due to the Mali governments collaboration with the Wagner company than any concern for democracy.

by fjallstrom on Wed Jun 8th, 2022 at 09:54:49 AM EST
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No. The Malian army got a deal with Wagner, once it was clear that the French would leave without elections. They have never been able to deal with the insurgency in the North. In 2012 they were comprehensively beaten, and lost the whole of the north of the country, to a ragtag assortment of tribal militias. And promptly overthrew the elected government.

Mali is under African Union and West African regional sanctions because of those goons' refusal to schedule elections on a reasonable timetable. In those conditions, France can't stay.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jun 8th, 2022 at 01:00:33 PM EST
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Neither can other Europeans.
by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Jun 8th, 2022 at 08:41:00 PM EST
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Defeat and Withdrawal of French Forces Mali

Spain Urges NATO Role Southern Flank

Macron announces French troop withdrawal from Mali | France24 - Feb 17, 2022 |

Recent coups in Mali, Chad and Burkina Faso have weakened French alliances and emboldened jihadists who control large swathes of the region.

French special forces 'to protect' Niger uranium mines | France24 - Jan 25, 2013 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 8th, 2022 at 11:32:01 PM EST
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France24 | France captures Islamic State group leader in Mali, 15 June FRANCE 24 is SUCH rubbish proves the rule: exit strategy
by Cat on Thu Jun 16th, 2022 at 02:37:36 PM EST
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multipolarista | Only 4 of 55 African leaders attend Zelensky [telethon], 22 June
France and Germany put heavy pressure on African governments to attend the Zoom call, which was held on June 20.
France's major newspaper Le Monde described Zelensky's video call as "an address that the African Union (AU) has delayed for as long as possible and has been keen to keep discreet, almost secret." Ukraine had tried to organize the conference since April, but the AU had repeatedly pushed it back.
Citing an internal source, The Africa Report identified the very few African heads of state who attended the call as [AU and] Senegal's President Macky Sall, Côte d'Ivoire's President Alassane Ouattara, [Mohamed al-Menfi from Libya Presidential Council, Moussa Faki from AU Commission,] and the Republic of the Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso.
The only official recognition of the call came from Faki, in a lone tweet [?], in which he cautiously "reiterated the AU position of the urgent need for dialogue to end the conflict to allow peace to return to the Region and to restore global stability."
The Africa Report | Stop blaming Russia-Ukraine War for Africa's fertiliser woes, 22 June
counter-cyclical local governments' tenders, futures contracts
by Cat on Fri Jun 24th, 2022 at 12:44:48 AM EST
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