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France pledges more troops for Sahel as US reconsiders Africa deployments

15 January 2020
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France has pledged to deploy 220 more troops to help suppress the Islamist insurgency in the Sahel, while the US is considering reducing its commitment.

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley told AFP on 13 January that US resources “could be reduced and then shifted, either to increase readiness of the force in the continental US or shifted to” the Pacific. “We’re developing options for the secretary to consider.”

AFP quoted French President Emmanuel Macron as saying that he hoped to convince his US counterpart “that the fight against terrorism is playing out in this region as well”.

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