PARIS (Reuters) – France and five West African states agreed on Monday to combine their military forces under one command structure to fight a growing Islamist militancy in the Sahel region, with Paris committing an extra 220 troops.
French President Emmanuel Macron had called the leaders of Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger and Mauritania, known as the G5, to the southwestern French town of Pau to discuss the battle against insurgents in the Sahel, an arid region just below the Sahara desert.
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Live: France, Sahel nations pledge to bolster anti-jihadist fight, urge US to maintain support — France 24
France summit: Macron and Sahel partners step up jihadist fight — BBC
French president and African leaders to step up anti-terror efforts in Sahel region — Arab News
France to send extra 220 troops to fight Islamist militants in Sahel: Macron — Reuters
France’s Macron to host G5 Sahel presidents in Pau — Al Jazeera
Is the French army the last line of defence against jihadists in Sahel region? — France 24
France summit: Sahel crisis in danger of slipping out of control — Louise Dewast, BBC News