▶️ The Leaders of the G5 Sahel countries visited, Sunday, December 15, the graves of 71 Niger soldiers killed in the western town of Inates days earlier, in what is considered one of the worst jihadist attack on security forces in Niger in recent memory.
👉 Islamic State claimed the deadly attack on a remote military camp in Niger near the border with Mali, Tuesday, December 10.
Islamist militants linked to al-Qaida and Islamic State have strengthened their foothold in the region and swathes of the arid Sahel region are ungovernable.
The presidents of the G5 Sahel group, made up of Mali, Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania, are meeting in Niamey for an extraordinary session of the group of nations whose multinational military forces are fighting Islamist insurgents.
The G5 Sahel force, backed by France and the United States, launched its campaign in 2017 amid growing unrest in the desert reaches of the Sahel, where jihadists roam undetected, often across long, porous borders.
Nearly three years after its launch, the G5 Sahel remains perennially underfunded and hobbled by poor coordination. (Reuters)