About: Operation Barkhane

Global Europe 27-09-2021

Lavrov says Mali asked private Russian military company for help

Mali has asked a private Russian military company to help it fight against insurgents, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday (25 September) at the United Nations.
Global Europe 09-07-2021

Macron to reassure African leaders on commitment to fighting terror

President Emmanuel Macron will seek to reassure Sahel leaders of his commitment to Africa's anti-terror fight on Friday (9 July), at their first talks since he announced a reduction of French troops in West Africa.
Global Europe 26-06-2021

EU relations in north Africa hampered by migration tensions

The EU’s role and political influence in North Africa has been hampered by economic and security policy priorities being trumped by the bloc’s desire to control migration flows.
Global Europe 31-05-2021

France threatens to pull troops out of Mali

President Emmanuel Macron warned in comments published Sunday (30 May) that France will pull its troops out of Mali if it lurches towards radical Islamism following the second coup in nine months.
Global Europe 23-04-2021

Chad bids farewell to Deby as France and allies back his son

Chad began funeral ceremonies on Friday (23 April) for veteran ruler Idriss Deby Itno, a key figure in the fight against the Sahel's jihadist insurgency, as France and regional allies voiced backing for his son and successor, Mahamat Idriss Deby.
EU-Africa 17-02-2021

Withdrawing French troops from Sahel ‘would be a mistake’, Macron says

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday (16 February) backed away from immediately withdrawing French troops deployed in the Sahel region of north west Africa following a two day summit on the future of the mission against Islamic militant groups in the region.

French forces face military trap in Sahel region

Operation Barkhane was supposed to be France’s contribution to ridding jihadists from the Sahel region, one of its main spheres of influence in Africa. But instead, President Emmanuel Macron is increasingly isolated – both in Africa and in Europe.
EU-Africa 13-01-2020

Macron, Sahel leaders meet to boost anti-jihadist campaign

French President Emmanuel Macron will on Monday (13 January) host counterparts from five Sahel countries seeking more backing in the fight against a murderous jihadist uprising even as France's military role is being questioned.
EU-Africa 17-12-2019

France, UK say they look beyond Brexit in Mali cooperation

Sharing the cockpit of a helicopter on sizzling tarmac, French and British air force chiefs vowed to pursue the joint fight against jihadists in the heart of the Sahel even as the shadow of Brexit looms over their countries.

Death of 13 soldiers in Mali highlights France’s isolation in Sahel region

In a fairly direct message to Germany, the EU Commission's outgoing President, Jean-Claude Juncker, noted that the French army is alone when defending Europe's honour and security in Mali. EURACTIV France reports.
EU-Africa 13-12-2017

Africa, Europe hope to rally support for Sahel anti-terror force

French President Emmanuel Macron hosts Germany's Angela Merkel and five African presidents today (13 December), hoping to bolster the fledging G5 Sahel force fighting jihadists in an area the size of Europe.
EU-Africa 24-10-2017

Pentagon looks at stepped-up Africa role to counter Islamic State

The United States is considering a stepped-up military presence in Africa to pursue Islamic State group jihadists looking for new havens after the fall of their "caliphate," American officials say.