Mali Cancels Military Agreements with France

Voltairenet On 10 January 2022, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) decided to close land and air borders between member-countries and ali and to freeze assets of the Republic of Mali in ECOWAS Central Banks, as sanctions in response to the announcement by the transitional authorities to postpone the presidential election to the…

Russia’s Shadows in Sahel Region

M. K. BHADRAKUMAR Tailors busy stitching Russian flags to meet rising demand in Bamako, the capital of Mali, December 26, 2021   On Friday, Mali’s transitional government has clarified that it is engaged with Russian military trainers even as French troops are drawing down. So, it is official that Russian security personnel are deployed to…

What Is France Hiding in the Sahel?

Clinton Nzala @FungaiNzala BAMAKO, MALI — On the 8th of October, Choguel Maïga, the prime minister of Mali, boldly informed the world that its former colonial power, France, was sponsoring terrorists in the country’s northern region. Standing before dozens of cameras and microphones, he provided details on how the French army had established an enclave…

Mali Massacre: Police Marksmen Had British Backing via EU Scheme Despite Brexit

Phil Miller After the Brexit vote, the British government bypassed parliament to support EU aid for an African police squad that massacred protesters and staged a jailbreak. Malian police unit is accused of killing 14 protesters three months after receiving EU training Britain has trained scores of Malian security forces but programme was “temporarily suspended”…

Russia ‘Gifts’ Mali With Helicopters and Weapons: What Could This Mean for Africa?

Takudzwa Hillary Chiwanza A week ago, Mali received four helicopters, weapons, and ammunition from Russia as part of an agreement sealed in December 2020. The military contract entails Russian support to Malian forces as they fight extremist fighters linked with ISIS and al-Qaeda. Malian forces are engaged in protracted counter-terrorism alongside French, European, and United…

Mercenaries in Mali: From Russia Without Love

Mark P Fancher During the 1930s and 1940s, movies that featured the character Tarzan told far-fetched tales about an extraordinary white man who moved more easily through the African bush than the wildlife indigenous to the Congo region. In fact, elephants, lions, apes, and all other living creatures were loyal subjects of this white man,…

France Opens the Sahel-Saharan Front Against Wagner

Putin..the new African champion LONDON – France is doing everything it can to prevent Russia’s Wagner Group from gaining positions of influence in the Sahel-Saharan region. While the new military council in Mali insists on signing an agreement with the group, Paris is pushing the leaders of the countries in the region to show their…

NATO Confirms Direct Role in Mali War

Rick Rozoff Takuba Task Force. Menaka Base, Mali. Daphne Benoît, AFP The North Atlantic Treaty Organization reports that the NATO Support and Procurement Agency signed a Framework Technical Agreement with the Takuba Task Force in Mali in Luxembourg on June 9. The task force has been a de facto NATO operation since its inception. The…

ECOWAS Suspends Mali’s Membership after Military Coup

Peoples Dispatch Photo : The Cable Members of the Economic Community of the West African States (ECOWAS) in an emergency summit held on Sunday, May 30, in Ghana’s capital Accra decided to suspend Mali from the group over the military coup carried out last week. The president Bah Ndaw, the prime minister Moctar Ouane and…

Military Attempts Another Coup in Mali, Arrests President and Prime Minister

Peoples Dispatch President Ban Ndaw during his oath taking ceremony on September 25, 2020. (Photo: Habib Kouyate/Xinhua)President Ban Ndaw during his oath taking ceremony on September 25, 2020. (Photo: Habib Kouyate/Xinhua) The detention followed a minor reshuffle in the transitional government in which two military representatives were removed. The military had staged a coup in…

NATO Nations Wage Hidden War in Mali

Rick Rozoff Photo: Donald Sparks/AFRICOM With the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union and the socialist bloc it led, the world witnessed what some termed the unipolar moment and others the end of history. No entity benefited more from the opening up of the world than the Pentagon. It…

US Machine Wars in West Africa

Scott Timcke Two soldiers from the Forces de Armees de Niger at a US military training facility. Image credit Mr. Robert Timmons for US Army Africa via Flickr CC BY 2.0. One striking feature of US military involvement in West Africa is the absence of an observable strategic vision for a desired end state. Nominally, US presence in…