A message that comes after major military successes in 2020, Florence Parly said, this Monday, January 4, in the columns of our colleagues from the Parisian. The French Minister of Armed Forces also announced that a decision will be taken on the occasion of the next joint summit between France and the G5 Sahel in February in Ndjamena, Chad.
Reinforcement is per. Definition temporary, hammering this Monday morning Florence Parly. In the eyes of the Minister of Armed Forces, the deployment of 600 men, decided a year ago at the Pau summit, which increased Barkhane’s strength to 5,100 men, has fulfilled its mission.
The operational successes are there, and the Minister lists these successes as the neutralization of the Algerian Abdelmalek Droukdel, head of AQIM in June. Or that in November by Ba Ag Moussa described as the military leader of the Support Group for Islam and Muslims (GSIM), affiliated with al-Qaida. Over the past year, efforts in the three-border area, Liptako, have also made it possible to significantly weaken the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, EIGS. A rival terrorist group of AQIM, named the number one enemy at the Pau summit in January.
But after the deaths of five soldiers, killed Monday and last Saturday in two improvised explosive attacks, Florence Parly admits that security conditions remain difficult. And this is not the only problem Barkhane faces: European support throughout of the Takouba force, is late and the arrival of a Chadian battalion in Mali is still awaited. However, this support will be crucial if France soon expresses a desire to reduce its footprint in the Sahel.