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Opération Barkhane : “Il s’agit de maintenir la violence à un niveau tolérable”, explique Michel Goya

L’historien militaire et ancien colonel Michel Goya analyse le sens de l’engagement des soldats français dans l’opération Barkhane au Mali, alors qu’un hommage national sera rendu lundi 2 décembre aux treize militaires tués dans la collision de deux hélicoptères lors d’une opération de combat. “Je suis persuadé que ce que nous faisons est utile, bien et nécessaire“, a soutenu ce mercredi 27 novembre, à l’antenne de France Inter, le chef d’état-major des armées, François Lecointre, à propos de l’opération Barkhane dans le Sahel. Ce, alors que lundi soir, 13 des 4.500 soldats engagés par la France au Mali sont morts dans la collision de deux hélicoptères lors d’une mission de combat contre des djihadistes. Michel Goya, historien militaire et ancien colonel des troupes de marine, auteur de Sous le feu – La mort comme hypothèse de travail -, analyse le sens de l’engagement de nos soldats dans ce conflit. Read more on Marianne Sent by Edouard Bustin

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Mali: ‘Terrorists’ killed in French airstrike near Niger border

Aircraft attached to the France-led Operation Barkhane in the Sahel struck “terrorists” in Mali near the border with Niger killing nine, the Ministry of the Armed Forces said on Friday. The operation was launched on Wednesday, July 17 after a Malian soldier was killed and two others wounded in an ambush on their convoy. The soldiers had been part of a “logistical escort mission” from the border post of Labbézanga to Gao and were ambushed between Fafa and Bentia, a Armed Forces of Mali (FAMa) statement said, adding that a provisional assessment from sweeps on the ground was that five “terrorists” had been killed. The Barkhane operations center was notified of an attack on a convoy of 10 vehicles between Asongo and the border near the village of Fafa at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the French Ministry release said. It said that the convoy was split in two during the attack, and FAMa reinforcements were dispatched from Asongo to the north and Labbézanga to the south, and a drone was redirected to the area. In Wednesday release, the French military said a light aircraft was also involved in intelligence-gathering during the operation. The gunfight ended at 1 p.m. and the reinforcements reported the FAMa casualties, while motorcycles were seen leaving […]

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