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What happens next for the Bundeswehr in Mali?

The last year of the German military's Mali mission is approaching, with withdrawal due to end in May 2024. But the Sahel region remains dangerous — which is why troops are starting a new mission in neighboring Niger.

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5 Jul 2022
Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Sunday (July 3) lifted economic and financial sanctions imposed on Mali, after its military rulers proposed a 24-month transition to democracy and published a new electoral law.
4 Jul 2022
The sanctions have badly hit Mali, with its economy already under severe strain from military coups and a decade-long jihadist insurgency.
16 Jul 2022
Sometimes the best way to send a powerful message is through music, and many in Mali are aware of that. The West African country is home to the Desert Blues, a style of music pioneered by Grammy winner Ali Farka Toure. Now his son is making his own headlines.
15 Jul 2022
Mali puts a stop to rotations of UN peacekeepers from the organisation's MINUSMA mission. Five former members of the Gambia's Intelligence Agency have been sentenced to death for the 2016 killing of a political activist called Solo Sandeng. And three years after the launch of a groundbreaking pilot programme for the world's first malaria vaccine, there is frustration from Africa that more shots aren't yet available.
22 Jul 2022
Mali junta expels UN peacekeeping mission spokesman over tweets. BAMAKO – Mali's military government on Wednesday ordered the spokesman of the United Nations peacekeeping mission MINUSMA to leave the country within 72 hours over Tweets about a diplomatic incident with Ivory Coast that has soured relations with the U.N.
26 Jul 2022
Mali's army repels a terrorist attack on its largest military base, located on the outskirts of Bamako. Seven attackers were killed and eight arrested in the assault.
13 Aug
Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht has announced that Germany's military mission in Mali would be halted until further notice. France is withdrawing a larger force from Mali, as the junta has hired Russian mercenaries.
21 Aug
The French military said the withdrawal of its forces from Mali has been completed after more than eight years of presence in the West African country.
20 Aug
Al Qaeda's affiliate in Mali claimed it has killed four mercenaries from Russia's private military Wagner group in clashes over the weekend.
20 Aug
Mali has requested an emergency UN Security Council meeting to stop what it calls French “acts of aggression”, including alleged espionage and violations of sovereignty, and accused France of supporting jihadists.
21 Aug
France withdrew the last of its troops from its former colony on Tuesday. Their exit from Mali coincided with a letter Mali sent to the UN stating that France helped Islamist militants to destabilize the Sahel country.
26 Sep
Northern Mali fell into the hands of armed jihadists in 2012. This resulted in the launch of the French-led "Operation Serval," designed to liberate the occupied territory. But the crisis only worsened.