France, Mali and Mauritania conduct anti-terror operation

Fight against terrorism – G5 Sahel – Communiqué issued by the Ministry for the Armed Forces

Paris, 2 January 2018

From 3 to 20 December 2017, an operation took place in the border area between Mali and Mauritania. Situated at the junction between northern and southern Mali, the area of the operation is not only a significant commercial hub within Mali but also a platform for trade between Mauritania and Niger.

The Malian and Mauritanian armed forces, supported by Operational Military Partnership Joint Forces Detachment 4 (DIA-PMO 4) based in Timbuktu, carried out numerous reconnaissance missions to disrupt the movements and supplies of the armed terrorist groups present in the area.

The operation – the eighth joint, cross-border military operation – fulfilled a twofold objective: to continue neutralizing areas of refuge for armed terrorist groups and to strengthen cooperation between the Malian and Mauritanian armies.

Conducted by the French armed forces in partnership with the G5 Sahel countries, Operation Barkhane was launched on 1 August 2014. It relies on a strategic approach based on a system of partnership with the main countries of the Sahel-Sahara strip: Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso. It brings together some 4,000 soldiers whose mission is to fight armed terrorist groups and support the partner countries’ armed forces so that they can deal with the threat, particularly in the framework of the G5 Sahel Joint Force, which is currently being made operational./.

Published on 03/01/2018

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