Macron announces the end of Operation Barkhane in the Sahel

French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Thursday a “profound transformation” of the French military presence in the Sahel, and the establishment of an international anti-jihadist alliance in the region.

“Following consultations (..) we will initiate a profound transformation of our military presence in the Sahel”, he said during a press conference, announcing the “end of Operation Barkhane as a ‘foreign operation’ and the implementation of ‘an international alliance bringing together the states of the region’.

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