The sands of the Sahel, a French military challenge

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At the French Ministry of Defense, officers returned from the Sahel admit it on the sidelines of the briefings to detail the operation “Eclipse” to track jihadists launched since the end of 2020: “We are prisoners of this conflict. There is neither a political nor a military solution in sight. But leaving would be more than a defeat. We would rekindle the fuse of jihadism in the whole region… ”, estimates a colonel, who has just returned from several months in the desert.

Also read our editorial: The Sahel is not (yet) Afghanistan