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France announces end of the European military force Takuba in Mali

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France announces end of the European military force Takuba in Mali

Paris, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) The French Army announced the end of the deployment in Mali of the European military force Takuba, in a tense scenario of relations between Paris and Bamako.

The reorganization of the French military apparatus in the Sahel led to the end of Takuba operations in Mali as from June 30, the General Staff spokesman, Pascal Ianni, said concerning the special force composed of troops from 10 countries, created in 2020 to support the French anti-terrorism contingent Barkhane.

On February 17, France and its European allies confirmed the progressive departure of their troops from Mali and critiziced the military junta in power in the African country, which they accused of obstruction, the authority that broke the agreements with Paris and demanded the withdrawal of the foreign soldiers.

According to Ianni, Barkhane and Takuba demonstrated “what Europeans are capable of achieving together in complex security environments”.

France sent troops to the African nation in 2013 to contain a Jihadist offensive and put into effect, in 2014, the Barkhane operation with more trhan 4,000 troops deployed in the Sahel, of which some 2,400 in Mali.

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