France, West Africa to unite forces in fight against Islamist militants

PARIS (Reuters) – France and five West African states agreed on Monday to combine their military forces under one command structure to fight a growing Islamist militancy in the Sahel region, with Paris committing an extra 220 troops.

France’s President Emmanuel Macron, Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou, Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani and Chad’s President Idriss Deby deliver a news conference as…

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