Deadly Attack On Mali Army Raises Questions About G5 Sahel Force

The killing of dozens of soldiers by Islamist militants in Mali has called into question the strength of the G5 Sahel troops. In an interview with Deutsche Welle, Paul Melly of Chatham House says the troops are insufficient to curb militancy in the vast region. Initial reports were that 24 soldiers had died while on patrol in a joint operation with forces from Niger, but the death toll was later put at 30.

The G5 Sahel HQ destroyed by a terrorist attack on 29 June 2018 in Mopti, Mali (file photo).

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