Some Malians are not sufficiently persuaded that the security situation in their nation will change.
Some Malians think their country’s military can handle the security concerns in the west African nation more than nine years after the last French soldiers left Mali.
After having a disagreement with colonels who had seized authority almost two years earlier, France withdrew from the country in the face of intense animosity.
“Like many other Malians, I have been excitedly awaiting the withdrawal of the foreign troops, but once they do, there will be a ton of things to accomplish. It is up to us Malians to work together to fill this hole, thus we must put in a lot of effort.”
Some claim that now is the time for the nation to advance its political goals while claiming that the withdrawal of French troops would not affect any dynamics.
“People haven’t realized that whether France departs or stays, nothing will change; Mali must assume responsibility for itself whether France stays or leaves.”
Barkhane sends out 3,000 troops at first, increasing that number to 5,100 at its height. The force collaborates with Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, five of its allies.
Paris declares the end of Takuba on July 1 and Barkhane concludes formally on Monday.
With just 2,500 military personnel left in the Sahel after leaving Mali, France has reduced its presence there by half.
Later, to support Mali’s military leaders, Russian paramilitaries from the contentious Wagner group started arriving there at the end of 2021.
In response to the postponed elections, the West African ECOWAS bloc imposed an embargo on Mali on January 9, 2022, calling for a restoration to civilian governance.