Macron announced the sending of 220 more troops to Africa to fight jihadists



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Macron announced the sending of 220 more troops to Africa to fight jihadists



FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron said today he would send an additional 220 troops to the Sahel to empower French Barkhana forces fighting jihadists in the area.

“I decided to send in additional combat forces. 220 troops will strengthen Barkhane's troops” (which already has 4,500 people), Macron said after meeting with G5 Sahel presidents in Pau, southwestern France.



Macron said he hoped to persuade Trump to keep forces in Africa

The French president said he “hopes to persuade” US counterpart Donald Trump to keep his military forces in Africa to fight jihadist terrorism, he said Monday, as the United States considers reducing its military component on the continent.

“I hope to convince President Trump that terrorism is being fought in this area as well and that the Libyan issue cannot be separated from the situation in the Sahel and Lake Chad,” Emmanuel Macron said at a summit attended by France and the G5 Sahel in Pau, mentioning the risk of “spreading terrorism” in case of failure.

The US wants to reduce its military presence in Africa

Washington wants to reduce its military presence in Africa, and this announcement comes as France and G5 Sahel leaders clash in order to defeat jihadists, threatening to hamper efforts made by Europeans to help the region.

The Pentagon's funding for Africa and the Middle East “could be reduced and then diverted to improving forces readiness in the United States or the Pacific,” U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said as he arrived in Brussels on Monday night to the NATO Military Committee meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“We're just preparing options for (U.S.) Secretary of Defense Mark Esper,” Milley told reporters.

Macron announced the sending of 220 more troops to Africa to fight jihadists

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