Mali is withdrawing from a multinational military group in West Africa’s Sahel area fighting an Islamist insurgency, the country’s military junta announced on Sunday, citing a lack of progress.
The G5 Sahel force, comprised of troops from Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso, and Mauritania, was established in 2017 to combat jihadists who have surged over the region in recent years, killing thousands and causing millions to flee their homes.
However, due to a shortage of budget, the force has struggled to minimise the violence.
Mali’s junta, which deposed former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and seized control in a coup in 2020, issued a statement blaming a lack of progress in the war against the Islamists and the inability to hold recent meetings in Mali.
The measure further isolates Mali, which has already been sanctioned by the regional political bloc of West Africa, affecting employment and industry in the impoverished nation.