Force for Good: Four West African countries join forces to tackle insurgency in the Sahel

Four West African countries, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo have joined forces to help tackle insecurity spreading in the Sahel region. This joint operation was revealed by Maxime Kone, who is the current Security Minister for Burkina Faso.

Maxime told reporters that, since the four countries agreed to mobilize forces against jihadists, over 5,700 troops were deployed at vantage points to make sure the activities of the insurgents in the Sahel does not spread to other areas.

According to him, a five-day operation undertaken by the troops led to the arrest of over 300 suspects. He added that, several weapons, ammunition, vehicles, drugs as well as a large quantity of material used in making explosives were retrieved.

This all-African joint operation was widely praised as a step in the right direction as the campaign against foreign intervention in the Sahel grows following general concerns that, foreign troops are rather encouraging the activities of jihadists in the Sahel.

This is not the first joint operation carried out by African countries. It could be recalled that, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana initiated a joint operation back in 2015 called “Koudanlgou II,” a follow-up operation which saw the deployment of at least 850 soldiers to crackdown on terrorism, smuggling, and drug trafficking.

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