Macron must end military action in Sahel. A rising French body count is all he has to show for years of fighting terrorist groups | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

Macron must end military action in Sahel. A rising French body count is all he has to show for years of fighting terrorist groups

France has hit pause on the withdrawal of troops fighting in the Sahel against ISIS terrorists, but President Macron must revisit the strategy behind his nation’s role in the region and be clear how it benefits the French people.

While Emmanuel Macron has put on hold – for now – plans for the withdrawal of his 5,100 troops from battle against jihadis in the Sahel, he should have the courage to admit to himself and the public that France has done all it can in the West African region. It’s time to go home.

Because his claim that this messy, protracted struggle is “attracting the interest of a growing number of countries, particularly in Eastern and Southern Europe” just doesn’t ring true.

With Germany refusing point blank to send any further help, the USA unwilling to play any role, the European assistance comprising only 500 or so personnel, and the with the Sahel group of five (G5) – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – unable to hold on to the territorial gains made on their behalf, France finds itself on its own, with 21 troop deaths so far his year its only tangible result.

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