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World A French soldier was killed in Mali during an attack at the mortar

17:30  23 january  2022
17:30  23 january  2022 Source:   nouvelobs.com

Mali: a day of mobilization test against the sanctions of the cedao

 Mali: a day of mobilization test against the sanctions of the cedao © Reuters / Luc Gnago View of Bamako, the capital of Mali, August 9, 2018. (Image of illustration) Gel of assets within the BCEAO, border closures with Member States, suspension of transactions, Mali has therefore been heavily sanctioned Sunday by Cédéao and UEMOA. In cause: the will of the junta to stay in power for another four years. She who had begun in September 2020 to organize elections in February 2022. The Malian authorities denounced these sanctions.

  Un soldat français a été tué au Mali lors d’une attaque au mortier © Copyright 2021, Obs

a French soldier was killed Saturday in Mali in an attack at the mortar of the Operation Barkhane In Gao, announced the Elysee this Sunday, January 23rd.

a communiqué of the Presidency of the Republic brings together the "very strong emotion" of President Emmanuel Macron at the announcement of the death of Brigadier Alexandre Martin, of the 54th Artillery Regiment of Hyères, and "confirms the determination of the France to continue the fight against terrorism in the region, alongside its partners. "

nine wounded

nine other French soldiers were "slightly injured" in the attack but "their state inspires no concern," said the staff of the armies in a statement.

Malians have shown in Bamako and the other major cities of the country

 Malians have shown in Bamako and the other major cities of the country © RFI / Kaourou Magassa demonstration in Bamako, Friday 14 January 2022. A monster crowd in the streets of Bamako and gatherings also in others Large cities of the country, this Friday, January 14, 2022 in Mali. The Malians responded massively to the call of the authorities of the transition which, in a statement read last Sunday on national television, launched a call for mobilization to say no to the sanctions of the CEDAO.

The camp was the target shortly before 5:00 pm, Paris time, "several indirect shots" of mortar shells, from a position at a distance of "five to six kilometers to the northeast", Indicated the spokesperson for the staff, Colonel Pascal Ianni, AFP.

The Brigadier Martin, seriously injured, "was taken care of immediately by the surgical antenna on the spot but succumbed to his wounds," he added. The French army "immediately hired research and attack helicopters to intercept and neutralize the attackers," continued Colonel Ianni. They have been neutralized, he said, without further details.

In the immediate future, the attack could not be attributed. It occurred in an area frequented by the Jihadists of GSIM (or JNIM, Jihadist Nebula affiliated with al-Qaeda).

Mali: The European Union wants to speak in a firm and determined voice

 Mali: The European Union wants to speak in a firm and determined voice © John Thys AFP Josep Borrell: "The situation is not going in the right direction and the junta gives no positive signal, on the contrary." Foreign Ministers of the European Union (EU) were meeting, Thursday, 13 and Friday, January 14 in Brest, in a tensioning context of an unprecedented level with Russia on Ukraine and more broadly on security and European defense.

The Chief of Staff of the Armies, General Thierry Burkhard, greeted the brigadier's memory. "His thoughts accompany his family and brothers of arms, especially those injured during this operation, and all their relatives," he said. The soldier died Saturday afternoon is the 53rd French military killed in battle in the Sahel since 2013.

"Finding the way"

His death occurs while Tuesday, four French soldiers had been wounded in Burkina Faso during the explosion an improvised explosive gear (FDI) at the passage of their vehicle. There were three deaths in 2021 in combat and an accident death among the French soldiers deployed at the Sahel.

"The bad image of the French army in Sahel promotes the recruitment of jihadists"

The Antijahist Force Barkhane, presents since 2014 in Mali and whose mission is extended to the Sahel, is at the heart of major bilateral political issues, with backdrop The accusations of appeal by Mali to the services of the Russian mercenary group Wagner, as well as the reorganization of the French military presence in the country.

Faced with the open crisis with the Malian junta, France must "find the way" to pursue the objective of the antijahist fight in West Africa, said Thursday the French Minister of the Armies, Florence Parly.

The Mali insists that Denmark withdraws its troops from the country .
Mali-Securite / (Urgent): Mali insists that Denmark withdraws its troops from the country Bamako, January 27 (Reuters) - the Malian government again Asked Thursday in Denmark to withdraw his soldiers deployed in the country as part of an anti-terrorism mission led by France. "The Government of Mali invites, insistently, the Danish part to immediately withdraw its special forces from Malian territory", was it written in a statement.

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