French Troops Finish Pulling Out of Mali

France has finished pulling out troops that were deployed for the nearly 10-year-long Barkhane operation in Mali.

“Today at 13H00 Paris time the final contingent of the Barkhane force still on Malian territory crossed the border between Mali and Niger,” said the French chiefs of staff.

Operation Barkhane succeeded Operation Serval in August 2014 and was involved in counter-terrorism efforts in Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Chad.

There were 5,100 Operation Barkhane personnel in the Sahel region during its peak, but that number has been decreasing since the start of the pullout in February.

Only 2,500 French personnel will remain in the Sahel to provide support to local forces, with most to remain in Niger and the rest in Burkina Faso.


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