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The EU training mission in Mali is leaving after 11 years

Eleven years on, the European Union's military training mission in Mali announced yesterday its withdrawal from the country. The decision not to renew the mission's mandate, which was taken by the 27 EU member states on May 8, was made official via a social media post. The mission had been deployed in the country plagued by jihadist violence. The European Union Training Mission (EUTM) was set up in 2013 to provide training and advice to Mali's armed forces as the country has faced the spread of the jihadist threat since 2012. It had grown to 700 members, from around 20 European countries, before gradually reducing its staff amid diplomatic tensions between Bamako and its Western allies. The EU decided not to renew the mission's mandate, taking into account “the evolution of the political and security situation” in the country, according to the European Commission. The military junta that seized power […]
Source: News Beast

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