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Vol 64 No 18

Published 7th September 2023


As Bamako pushes out the UN, Islamists seize new opportunities

The junta and its Wagner Group allies are reopening battles with the former separatists as they race to take over the UN's bases

After a decade of the UN's 15,000-strong peacekeeping force operating in northern Mali, the region is adapting to its sudden departure. Two threats stand out: the insurgent Islamist groups heading southwards are capturing more territory in the Ménaka and Gao regions; and Mali's national army, backed by fighters from Russia's Wagner Group, are fighting former separatist groups for control of the UN's recently vacated bases in the region.

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