a summit has now ended hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron in the southwestern French city of Pau on January 13 2020 to discuss the French military presence in the region. The summit was attended by the leaders of five African states — Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania and Chad — as well as the UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres and Charles Michel, president of the European Council.This summit was convened for the five leaders to express support clearly and publicly for the French military presence, which is the largest contribution to the fight against extremists belonging to Al-Qaeda and Daesh — thereby giving legitimacy to the French presence.
[January 9 2020 Niger: Chinagodrar post attacked, 25 dead ]
Islamist militants killed 25 soldiers and wounded six others in an attack on an army post in west Niger near its border with Mali on January 9 2020, It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack on the post at Chinagodrar, about 130 miles (209 km) north of the capital Niamey, in which 63 assailants were also killed.
[September 6 2020 Mali: ambush in Djibo ]
September 5, a military patrol was ambushed in Diomsogui in the Kelbo [Djibo] department of Soum province in the Sahel region. “One soldier was killed and two others wounded in the attack,” the source said. “In response, five assailants were shot dead and the rest of the armed group was routed.”
[September 4 2019 Road to Goa mined ]
Eight bus passengers were killed on September 3 2019 by a road mine in central Mali The vehicle, which was en route from the central town of Douentza to the northern town of Gao, “struck a mine, (and) eight passengers were killed,” Oumar Ould Mamoud of the Sonef bus company said.