Slowly, the proposed establishment of the joint military force G5 Sahel takes shape. This Saturday, September 9, 2017, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta went to Mopti, 600 km north of Bamako, for the inauguration of its operational headquarters. This force will be composed of military five countries of the sub-region: Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad. Objective: the fight against terrorism.

The heart of the joint force of the G5 Sahel will now fight a little, in the area of Sevare in central Mali. This locality leads to the far north of Mali. On site, the Malian head of state must begin his visit by the central station of military force.

Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta should include talks with Malian General Didier Dacko, commander of the joint force G5. His deputy, a senior officer of Burkinabe nationality, and the Chief of Staff of the G5, of Nigerian nationality, are also on site.

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Located in a military zone in Sévaré this HQ G5 will be in permanent contact with the armies of the five member countries. Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad will mobilize together some 5 000 soldiers in total in the fight against terrorists in the space they share in the Sahel.

The first battalions of the force will be available in principle in late August 2017. In terms of mode of action, at first, it will conduct operations against terrorists in the various borders. Florence Parly, French Minister of the Army, speaks of an operation in October.

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