Macron to reduce the number of French troops in the Sahel region of Africa

Macron to reduce the number of French troops in the Sahel region of Africa

Paris, Jun 11 (AP) French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a reduction in the number of French troops fighting Islamist extremists in the Sahel region of Africa.

Macron told a news conference on Thursday about “major changes” in France’s military campaign in Mali and neighboring countries, although he did not specify a time frame.

He said France’s ‘Operation Barkhane’ would be put to an end and another campaign to deal with Islamic extremists would be launched, relying more on regional partners. Other details, including the number of French troops in the area, will be given at the end of June. There are currently more than five thousand soldiers in the Sahel of France.

“Our ultimate goal is to reduce our military deployment in the region,” he said. I am saying once again that France is present in the region to fight terrorism only at the request of Africa…”

‘Operation Barkhane’ is an anti-insurgency operation that began on August 1, 2014 and is led by French forces against Islamic insurgent groups in the Sahel region of Africa. French troops first launched their crackdown against Islamic insurgent groups in Mali in 2013.

A top French official said it would take several months for the changes to be implemented. Paris will first hold talks with its European and African partners for this.

AP Niharika Manisha

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