Is a military solution in West Africa the only way out? | Inside Story

Al Jazeera English – Dec 5, 2021
There is anger against France in west Africa at what protesters say is the flawed relationship between French armed forces and their African allies.

Two people were killed and others injured in Niger last month when demonstrators tried to block a military supply convoy on its way to Mali.

Protest organisers complain that local forces are under-equipped and are suffering disproportionate losses compared to their French allies in frequent attacks by armed groups.

Protesters say those groups, often linked to ISIL and Al Qaeda, continue to operate, despite years of French military operations.

Has the military mission failed?

Presenter: Halla Mohieddeen

Guests:

Aser Tiemtore, member of the Coalition of the African Patriots of Burkina Faso.

Jacques Reland, Senior Research Fellow at The Global Policy Institute.

Adama Gaye, political commentator specialising in the Sahel and West Africa.

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