In February, Chad announced that it had halved its forces stationed in February in the G5 Sahel jihadist resistance force, known as the “Three Frontiers” on the border of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso.
“We have reconstituted 600 people on the set in agreement with the G5 Sahal forces. This is a strategic redistribution to better reconcile with the terrorist organization.Government spokesman Abdaraman Kalamalla told Agencies France-Press.
We have been trying since 2017 to cooperate in this struggle with a group of 1,200 Sadien soldiers to fight against jihadist groups, as part of the G5 Sahel, a group of 5 Sahel countries, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso.
The “Three Borders” region is particularly vulnerable to jihadist attacks by central Mali, especially by groups affiliated with al-Qaeda or the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara. Dead, civilians and soldiers, thousands. A dozen civilians were killed in a recent attack Saturday against a village in the area in Niger. On Monday, 37 people were killed in another attack.
A result of “proper consultation”
“We have about 600 soldiers on the ground. This is a long-term integrated decision with the G5 command. We wanted to light the device, but it does not fit.”, Mr. Koulamalla promised. Sadian troops are located in the city of Tara in southwestern Niger.
“Compared to the situation on the ground, we have to have a mobile force, so some of our forces with heavy weapons have to withdraw.”, A government spokesman added. “Our political will to confront jihadists remains the same.”, He continued.
France is involved in the fight against jihadists in the region. It recently announced a gradual reduction of military personnel in Sahel to 2,500 to 3,0005,000 or so that created the action of the disappearing “burgundy”. Prior to coming into force in February, the sending of Sadien soldiers had been requested by Paris for many years.
The French Armed Forces Ministry has confirmed the Chadian decision “Taken with proper consultation with G5 Sahel’s partners and allies for Sahel, including France.”. “Having a device that is lighter, more efficient and easier to support at the same time is a question of protecting the means of combating the enemy at the same time.”, He clarified.
A Malian source from the Ministry of Defense, anonymous, confirmed the existence of Niger “Officially previously announced” From Mali “This Restoration”, And “Withdrawal Process” There were players on the set “Well integrated”.
In the “Three Borders” area, the jihadists’ presence has stuck in long-running tensions between communities, some of which have evolved into violent armed groups. Jihadists play these old animosities, recruit from the people, provide security, and take tithes. Civilians trapped between the two fires had to choose between staying and escaping, for many of whom the war had already prompted them to settle there. Survivors are also at risk of being robbed, cattle rustled and slaughtered. The boundary between social violence, jihadism and bandits can sometimes be narrow.
Lake Chad faces the jihadist presence near the border with Cameroon, in the Chad region. In early August, at least 26 Sadien soldiers were killed in an attack by the Nigerian group Boko Haram.
“The high price we pay in this asymmetrical war is bitter, but it will not be in vain. We will surrender the terrorist Hydra.”, After the death of his father Idris Debbie in April 2021, Mohammed Idris Debbie, Chairman of the Interim Military Council, responded, Killed in the fight against the rebels from Libya.
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