Defence Notes

PREMIUM: Mali coup brings the blues for Barkhane

6th October 2020 - 16:00 GMT | by Samuel Beal in Oxford

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The recent coup in Mali raises further questions over the future of the French-led mission against jihadis in the Sahel

Optimism surrounding the French-led counter-insurgency mission in the Sahel seems to be in short supply. Only two months after President Emmanuel Macron proclaimed victory was within reach following a slew of ‘spectacular results’ in Operation Barkhane, the democratically elected government in Mali succumbed to a swift military putsch on 18 ...

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