Chad announced on Saturday, August 21 that it had halved its forces in the G5 Sahel anti-jihadist force in February. “Three Borders”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 Kolamalla told Agencies France-Presse (AFP).
Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso – part of the G5 Saheel, a group of 1,200 Sadien soldiers, have been trying since 2017 to fight jihadist groups.
Area of “Three Borders” Along with central Mali, al-Qaeda or the Islamic State has been hit hardest by jihadist attacks carried out by groups affiliated with the Great Sahara (EIGS). Dead, civilians and soldiers, thousands. A dozen civilians were killed in the last attack on 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 illuminate the incompatible device.”, Mr. Koulamalla promised. Sadian troops are based in the city of Terra in southwestern Niger.
“Compared to the situation on the ground, we have to have a mobile force, so we have to withdraw some of our forces with heavy weapons.”, A government spokesman added. “Our political will to confront jihadists remains the same.”, He continued.
France is involved in the anti-jihadi struggle in the region. It recently announced a gradual reduction of military personnel in Sahel to 2,500 to 3,000, Against 5,000 or so who created the disappearing burgundy force. Prior to coming into effect 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 tool 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.
An anonymous source from the Ministry of Defense confirmed that N’Djamena had a Malian source “Officially previously announced” From Mali “This Restoration”, And “Withdrawal Process” There were players on the set “Well integrated”.
In the area of “Three Borders”The jihadist 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 caught up in the shooting have to choose between staying and escaping, many of whom were already provoked by the war many years ago. 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.”, Mohamed Idris Debbie, Chairman of the Interim Military Council since the death of his father Idris Debbie Idno in April 2021, Killed in the fight against the rebels from Libya.