US and EU attention in fight against Islamists moves to Sahel

According to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's speech on Monday 30 October, the US is ready to provide financial assistance of around €51 million to the emerging G5 Sahel military force. The only condition for providing the support is the submission of a meaningful strategy and a plan for its operation.

Debates on greater US engagement in Sahel grew after four US Special Forces members, so-called Green Berets, died on 4 October during a shootout in Niger. The G5 Sahel consists of Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Chad and Niger, their joint force comprises of about 5,000 men who will fight against Islamic groups in Sahel region and it should reach operational status by the end of October. The EU is also engaged in the region, the head of European diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, announced EU's financial support to the G5 Sahel of €50 million this June. France also established a unilateral mission in Sahel in 2014 when it launched Operation Barkhane which deployed up to 4,000 men to fight radical militants. Support for G5 Sahel troops was also surprisingly announced by Russia on 31 October.

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