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Vol 60 No 15

Published 26th July 2019

Paris’s terror dilemma

France needs solutions, and fast. It can't go all out against the Sahel's jihadists, but neither can it just fold its tents and go home

Over recent days President Emmanuel Macron and key advisers have been reviewing the French engagement in the Sahel amid increasingly vocal criticism of the Opération Barkhane military campaign and rumblings of concern – even among the generals. Despite having 'neutralised' more than 600 jihadist militants, the 4,500 Barkhane troops deployed across the region from Mali to Chad have been unable to deliver peace and security. Indeed, the violence has got much worse – in central Mali and, latterly, Burkina Faso.

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