Niger: Army officials fired in wake of deadly attack

Suspected Islamic militants attack army outpost in Niger, killing 25 soldiers

"Symbolizing this modification, it absolutely was therefore determined that "this new framework will take the form and the name of a" Coalition for the Sahel", combining the nations of this G5 Sahel, France - through Operation Barkhane and its particular other types obligations - the lovers now dedicated, along with most of the nations and companies which will wish to subscribe to it ".

They also urged the USA to maintain its support amid reports it might lessen its military presence in Africa.

It comes amid a spate of deadly attacks and increasing hostility towards the presence of French troops.

This is despite the presence of thousands of troops from both the countries affected and France.

Previous year witnessed the highest death toll as a result of fighting since the security crisis broke out in 2012.

The increase in the death toll as a summit opens in Pau, France, that is to be attended by French President Emmanuel Macron and the leaders of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger Mauritania.

France plans to send additional troops to the Sahel and appealed for more global support for counterterrorism efforts, following a summit in the French city of Pau attended by leaders of the G5 Sahel nations on Monday.

"We have no choice, we need results".

Mr Macron said he would try to persuade Trump to stay, saying that "if the Americans chose to leave Africa, this would be very bad news for us".

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military chiefs will use this week's meeting to debate the future of the alliance's training mission in Iraq, suspended over security fears after the USA killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike in Baghdad.

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Some US troops provide logistical support to the French anti-jihadist operation based in Mali.

France is closely following the situation in Kashmir, the French government said on Monday and noted that the issue was discussed during a telephonic conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron three days ago.

Some 13,000 United Nations peacekeeping troops operate in Mali, the heart of the conflict which has since spread to its neighbors.

What is happening in the Sahel?

The Sahel region of Africa lies to the south of the Sahara Desert and stretches across the breadth of the African continent.

Its western and central areas have been a frontline in the war against Islamist militancy for nearly a decade.

The Pau meeting was postponed from December after a jihadist attack claimed the lives of 71 Niger soldiers.

French troops were hailed as heroes in 2013 when their intervention helped prevent an Islamist militant push to the Malian capital, Bamako.

Thursday's assault, near the Mali border, was the worst in Niger's history.

Another 220 French troops will be sent to give fresh momentum to the push against fighters linked to the al-Qaeda and Islamic State terror groups, with more European special forces expected to join in the coming months, Macron added.

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