France has pledged eight million euros for a new African anti-terrorism force in the Sahel region. French President Emmanuel Macron made the announcement during a meeting with leaders of the G5 Sahel countries in the Malian capital Bamako.
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Macron said he hoped the West African regional force would be operational within weeks. The G5 Sahel bloc set up the multi-national force which will work with French and UN missions to combat militants and criminals.
The vast Sahel region south of the Sahara is a breeding ground for terrorism, since security gaps between territories loom large. EU funding aims to enhance regional cooperation against jihadist terrorists and drug lords
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