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World at the Sahel, the hostility against the Soldiers of Barkhane rises from a Cran

20:00  03 december  2021
20:00  03 december  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

Burkina Faso assesses army failures after deadliest jihadist attack

  Burkina Faso assesses army failures after deadliest jihadist attack A jihadist attack on a base in northern Burkina Faso this month that left at least 57 dead has turned the spotlight on glaring failures by the security forces to protect themselves against a ruthless, highly mobile foe. On Sunday meanwhile, nine gendarmes and about 10 civilians were killed in an attack on their base at Foube, also in the desert north, security sources say. Raids by armed groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group have plagued the landlocked Sahel nation since 2015, killing about 2,000 people and displacing 1.4 million from their homes.

Les manifestations contre la présence française au Sahel, épisodiques jusqu'ici, ont pris une ampleur sans précédent depuis quelques mois. AFP/Anne Risemberg © AFP / Anne Risemberg The manifestations against the French presence in the Sahel, episodic so far, have taken an unprecedented scale for a few months. AFP / ANNE RISEMBERG We could nick it "the convoy of hell". The supply column of the French army across the Sahel finally joined his goal on Sunday, after being arrested twice with violent manifestations. This example illustrates the growing distrust of part of the population in the face of French military presence in Sahel for a few months. A resentment that could still grow while the Libération newspaper publishes this Friday's testimonies of Nigerian protesters accusing the French soldiers to open fire on civilians. The incident would have occurred on November 27th to Tera in Niger. The convoy of the French army - 80 vehicles escorted by a hundred military - who had already been arrested for the first time eight days earlier in Burkina Faso, was faced with a crowd of hostile protesters. "We were face to face," describes Fayçal Hamadou, a 29-year-old Nigerian protester attached by phone by

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Burkina Faso: a manifestation against a convoy of the French army shows the disarray of the country against terrorism

 Burkina Faso: a manifestation against a convoy of the French army shows the disarray of the country against terrorism according to the French government, Russia is the maneuver to destabilize France in the Sahel and make its unwanted troops in the eyes of the residents. © Provided by FranceInfo On November 16, in Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso, the population went down the street to demand the resignation of President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, in the face of the deterioration of the security situation of Burkina Faso.

release . "At first they used tear gas, it lasted several hours, discontinuous. Then, before 11 am, (...) The soldiers gathered and opened fire, "he says. "The French fired real bullets, I saw him with my own eyes," confirms Ali Isive, whose son was injured that morning, also by telephone. The incident made three deaths according to the last assessment of the Nigerian Ministry of the Interior. This information is denied in the daily columns by Colonel Pascal Ianni, spokesperson for the staff of the armies. "There was a real concern for people's lives in the convoy," he describes, evoking "sniper shots on the ground" and only "two wounded" having been supported. A landing crossed with this episode, the hostility at the Barkhane force, which fights the jihadists present in the Sahel since 2014, has taken a landing while the image of France in the area has clearly deteriorated this year. "These incidents, in particular the first demonstration that has blocked the convoy in Kaya (Burkina Faso), have been very publicized," confirms the Parisien Elie Tenenbaum, Director of Security Studies at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) and Specialist in sub-Saharan Africa. "They follow a rise in tensions this year," he adds. But this is the first time, according to several observers of the conflict, that the contestation of the French presence is also obvious in areas affected by the conflict. Previously, anti-French demonstrations were confined to capitals, Bamako and Ouagadougou in the lead, where the Barkhane soldiers are not present. This feeling therefore takes extent in a context of resurgence of Islamic state attacks in Grand Sahara, one of two active jihadist groups in the region. Four Burkinabe soldiers were still killed Sunday in the North. Fake News and foreign interference But for Elie Tenenbaum, the "substance of the problem" remains that part of the civilian population "understands the objectives and results of Operation Barkhane". To tera, the clashes between French military and protesters erupted because they were trying to "check what the French transported in their trucks" after hearing that the soldiers of Barkhane "gave arms to jihadists", according to the witnesses interviewed by liberation. . "Despite eight years of action, terrorists still run and a small music consisted of social networks and in the local press, saying that France helps jihadists because it needs it to maintain its presence in Africa. 'West, "explains Elie Tenenbaum. But this speech even begins to win the spheres of power. Malian Prime Minister Choguel Kokalla Maïga, did not hesitate recently to accuse France to "form jihadist groups". "Until then this type of purpose came from not very credible networks, of compotential circles, but that it comes from an authority as high as the Prime Minister gives credit", esteem Boubacar Haidara, Malian researcher. A worrying statement for the French army, which must also face the increasingly strong interference of foreign powers in the area, including Russia through its mercenaries of the Wagner force.

Suspected jihadists kill at least 30 in central Mali .
Suspected jihadists in Mali killed at least 30 civilians in an attack on a passenger vehicle in the volatile central town of Mopti, officials said Saturday. Mali's transitional government said in a statement broadcast on state TV that 31 people were killed and 17 injured and vowed to do everything necessary to "arrest and punish" the perpetrators. "The passengers were sprayed with bullets and the vehicle was torched," during an attack byMali's transitional government said in a statement broadcast on state TV that 31 people were killed and 17 injured and vowed to do everything necessary to "arrest and punish" the perpetrators.

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