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France to proceed with hostile to psychological militant tasks in Mali

France to proceed with hostile to psychological militant tasks in Mali as a coup in West African country powers president out however French military activity against agitators to proceed.

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Coup in West African nation forces president out but French military operation against insurgents to continue.

(African Stand) — Despite a coup earlier this week in the West African nation, France will continue its operation against terrorist militants in Mali’s Sahel region, said the French defense minister on Thursday.

“Operation Barkhane, requested by the Malians and authorized by the UN Security Council, continues,” said Florence Parly on Twitter.

“French soldiers, in conjunction with European and Sahelian partners, continue to carry out their mission with professionalism, for the benefit of everyone’s security.”

Mali saw a coup on Tuesday when armed forces arrested both President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, forcing the ouster of Keita, who has since resigned.

Army Col. Assimi Goita on Thursday declared himself president of the army’s junta.

UN Security Council, European Union, African Union, and the US, have condemned the coup and demanded the release of both Keita and Cisse.

On Wednesday, President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: “In Mali, power must be returned to civilians and milestones must be laid for the return to constitutional order. President Keita, his prime minister and members of the government must be released without delay and their safety guaranteed.”

The coup follows months of chaos with protests countrywide. Goita is rumored to be the driving force behind the coup.

In Mali, France has carried out Operation Serval since January 2013, followed by Operation Barkhane in the Sahel – the northern part of Africa where Mali lies – since Aug. 1, 2014.

Some 5,000 troops are installed in the region as part of France’s military effort there, stationed in Chad’s capital N’Djamina. They have carried out operations with the cooperation of the G5 Sahel, the five West African countries of Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Mali.

The region has seen a significant terrorist threat in recent years, with Boko Haram and the militant group al-Queda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) maintaining a presence there as well as in neighboring countries.

Six French nationals were killed in the Sahel last Monday by a terrorist ambush near the capital of Niger. Twenty civilians total have been killed in the area this May.

Wandukwa Henry

Written by Wandukwa Henry

Wandukwa Henry is a graduate from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelor of Computer Science and now he is an African Stand correspondent covering the East African region.

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  1. Egypt, South Africa, Russia, China, India, Japan, Indonesia, Iran, Brazil, Mexico has to send military contingents to Mali under Southern Defence Force- SDF to defend Southern Countries Union- SCU territorial sovereign states and market within which existence securities and future of Mali people are secured in this 21st century world of Multipolar international order in which Africa exist under Southern Countries Union- SCU. France bandits, America, Britain, UN, EU etc. are foreign criminals stealing wealth of African countries, killing Africans, destroying economic developments etc. of African countries. Military of France bandits, America, Britain, UN, EU etc. must vacate African Soil- dead or alive. It is Southern Defence Force- SDF job to finish.

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