Niger, Mali And Burkina Faso To Set Up Anti-terrorism Force

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, January 27, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali decided to set up an anti-terrorism force to fight against insecurity in the Liptako-Gourma area that sits across their borders.

The area is believed to be a growing sanctuary for terrorists and the presidents of three states agreed in Niamey to create the Liptako-Gourma Multinational Security Force.

“We have decided to pool our intelligence resources, our (military) operational capacities to deal with the security situation in this area,” Niger’s Mahamadou Issoufou, Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso and Modibo Keita of Mali agreed in during a tripartite conference.

“The region of Liptako, once a haven of peace is fast becoming a sanctuary of terrorist groups and criminals of all kinds. Despite the efforts made by the member states, in relation to the international community, the security situation in the zone remains volatile and worrying,” said the communique from the conference.

The new force will be like the mixed multinational force created by Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon since 2015 to fight the militant group Boko Haram in the Lake Chad basin, Issoufou explained.

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