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Vol 63 No 7

Published 31st March 2022


Sectarian killings surge as French troops leave

Civilians are targeted by national soldiers, Islamists and Russian mercenaries but Bamako's military rulers are determined to end the western security presence

The Commanders of Opération Barkhane and the European Special Forces' Takuba have begun to plan for their withdrawal from Mali. Earlier this month, Barkhane's French commander, General Laurent Michon, visited Mali's Chief of Staff General Alou Boi Diarra to discuss transitional arrangements and, unlike some of his blunt political masters in Paris, praised the Malian forces and the good bilateral working relationship.

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