France withdrawing its troops from Mali

Mali-(Berberanews)-After nearly ten years of waging armed insurgency in Mali, France and its European allies have declared that they will begin evacuating soldiers.
The reigning military government’s “many impediments” meant that the circumstances to act in Mali were no longer in place, according to a declaration signed by France and its African and European partners and published on Thursday.

The decision affects both France’s Barkhane force in the Sahel and the Takuba European force that Paris and its allies had been attempting to form.

“The political, operational, and legal conditions for effectively continuing their current military engagement in the fight against terrorism in Mali are no longer met,” the statement said.

“We cannot remain militarily engaged alongside de-facto authorities whose strategy and hidden aims we do not share,” French President Emmanuel Macron said, dismissing the notion that France had failed its former colony.

France’s bases in Mali, Gossi, Menaka, and Gao, he claimed, would be shut down in the next four to six months.