Following the coup d’état against former Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta in 2020, the transitional authorities led by Col. Assimi Goita and Col. Sadio Camara have aimed to strengthen the Malian armed forces, enabling them to operate independently from French and European forces. Additionally, these transitional authorities have urged French and other European counter-terrorist forces to withdraw from Mali in 2022, claiming they are causing more harm than good.
Many thanks, Brad, and thanks for sharing your article, it is a fantastic one! It is very well researched and written.
Curious how they are paying for this. It's all old tech but still seems like quite a bit of stuff for a poor country. Are they giving mines to Wagner like Mozambique did?
Thank you for this, there is a shortage of good content about the conflicts in the Sahel. I recently published a piece about France's waning influence in the area: