Current Operations

G5 Sahel Joint Force

Force conjointe du G5 Sahel / FC-G5S (Chad, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mali, Niger)

Begin: 07/17

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Opération Barkhane

French military presence in Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad, Niger and Mauritania

Begin: 08 /14

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EUCAP Sahel Mali

EU Capacity Building Mission in Mali

Authorization date: 04/14

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African Union Mission to Mali and the Sahel (AU)

Begin: 08/13

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UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali  (UN-led)
Authorization date: 01/13

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EU Training Mission in Mali

Authorization date: 01/13

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The African Union can do better for the Sahel (26.05.2020)

Uncertainty remains over many aspects of the AU’s planned troop deployment to fight terrorism in the region.

The impact of the Malian crisis on the Group of Five Sahel countries (18.05.2020)

The so-called ‘Malian crisis’ has now become a regionally multidimensional crisis. Economic, social, political and human dimensions are fed by structural and continuing dissatisfaction of marginalized and vulnerable populations. The fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in Libya (2011) and the...

UN peacekeepers killed in improvised explosive attack in Mali (11.05.2020)

Three UN peacekeepers from Chad were killed in northern Mali on Sunday when their convoy hit a roadside bomb near Aguelhok, in the restive Kidal region. The improvised device also seriously injured four others who are now receiving medical care, the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) said...

Report of the Secretary-General on the Joint Force of the Group of Five for the Sahel (08.05.2020)

[…] The reporting period was marked by a deterioration in the security situation in Mali and the Sahel region, characterized by a rise in increasingly complex terrorist attacks, primarily targeting the armed and security forces. Higher rates of civiliancasualties were also recorded. According to...

Sahelian security forces accused of hundreds of extrajudicial killings (05.05.2020)

Security forces in Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso have been accused of committing a rising toll of extrajudicial killings in their battle against jihadist groups in the Sahelian region. In Mali, soldiers allegedly conducted 101 executions, 32 forced disappearances, and 32 cases of torture in the...

EU releases more than EUR190 million to boost security and defence across Sahel (29.04.2020)

The European Union has approved another EUR194 million [USD211.4 million] in security, defence, and development aid for the five G5 Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger). Announced after a 28 April teleconference of EU and G5 leaders in Brussels, the money will be used...

New podcast explores protection of civilians in the Sahel (24.04.2020)

In this conversation with Liam Walpole from the Oxford Research Group, DIIS researchers Peter Albrecht and Signe Cold-Ravnkilde talk about the many challenges regarding protection of civilians in the Sahel and the broader West African region.

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