French forces have killed an Al Qaeda leader in Mali. According to the French defense minister, he and three others were attacking the UN camp.
It comes the day after the French prime minister announced the end of his counterterrorism campaign in the country.
– It is clear that there may be some jihadists who sit and rub their hands: “Now we are finally free from the French.”
NUPI researcher Morton Bass closely follows the situation in Mali, believing that in the long run France’s decision could have major consequences.
– One can say a lot of strange things about the operation. It did not succeed in fighting the jihadists effectively, but he told the NRK that it had helped Mali prevent it from spreading.
The function ends
On June 10, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that the country was ending Operation Barcana.
“The time has come for a radical change in our military role in the Sahel region,” French President Emmanuel Macron told a news conference.
“Bargain” was launched in 2014 and was to fight militant Islamist groups in the Sahel region.
Fifty-five French soldiers lost their lives in the operation.
Today, there are more than 5,000 players in the country. Now they are stepping down, while the president argues that more people should contribute: he wants a new international power in the region.
Following the news, Denmark also announced that it would be affected by their contribution to the operation.
Norway is not a part of it, but the country is a part of the UN. Participates in the activity.
A new caliphate near Europe?
In May, Norway’s UN, which works in the NRK country, met. According to Army Commander Jens Bolstadt, terrorist groups have sprung up in the so-called Sahel Belt. This region stretches from west to east in Africa through countries such as Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.
– Terrorists cross national borders. Ensuring the safety of civilians would be difficult for international powers. Government forces in Mali are unable to do so, and terrorist groups are attacking local people. Massacres are going on. Bolstad NRK said it was very sad.
The fear in many Western countries is that Islamic fundamentalists will seize complete control of what is known as the Sahel Belt. Later new extreme caliphs may form near the European borders.
Minister of Defense: – We follow
France’s decision has no significance at present for future Norwegian military contributions.
Defense Minister Frank Buckeye-Jensen did not respond to direct questions about whether the end of the move by France would weaken the overall security capability of the forces in Mali, but wrote in an email to the NRK that they closely follow the country’s progress:
– We have good dialogue with France and other close allies and allies on how we can make a better contribution to solving the challenges in the Sahel region.
Buckeye-Jensen insists that Norway will continue The UN in the region. Support the action.
If France withdraws altogether, it could have major consequences.
– In the long run, this will lead to a state collapse in the region, and then the EU can only forget the agreements with these countries, which will help control migration, says Morton Bess.
According to the NUPI researcher, it is almost certain that the whole of France will be packed.
He thinks they can go out now to put pressure on other countries. Both countries in the region and other European countries that had previously refused to participate in French operations in Mali. France is also leading Operation Takuba, which is helping the Malian military to better deal with the terrorist threat in the region.
According to Reuters, the reduction details are expected to be ready by the end of June.
In a radio interview on Friday, June 11, the country’s defense minister, Florence Barley, said the country would continue to fight terrorism in the region.
“We want to change the way we do that,” he told Francinefo Radio.