Chad sends 1,200 soldiers to the so-called ‘three border zone’ between Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger to fight the jihadists. Chadian President Idriss Déby announced this last night on the sidelines of the G5 Sahel summit.
Defense ministers of the G5 Sahel (Chad, Niger, Mauritania, Mali, and Burkina Faso) met yesterday in the Nigerien town of N’Guigmi, near the border with Chad, where the soldiers who will be deployed in the area are stationed.
It is not the first time such an announcement has been made, but so far, nothing has come of it.
France, which wants to reduce its military presence in the region, has been asking for soldiers to be sent to the three-border zone for years. About 5,100 French soldiers are now stationed in that zone.