The armies of the G5 Sahel countries, whose leaders met on Monday in Pau, in the south-west of France, are paying a heavy price in the fight against jihadist groups whose attacks are increasing with tolls that are increasing .
Recall of the deadliest attacks against the Sahelian armies in the past year:
- On January 9, 2020, 89 soldiers were killed in the attack on the Chinégodar military camp, located in the Tillabéri region (west) near the Malian border. It is the deadliest jihadist attack in Niger’s history. During the attack, 77 « terrorists » were « neutralized », according to Nigerien authorities.
- On December 10, 2019, 71 soldiers died in an attack by several hundred heavily armed attackers on the Inates camp (west). The operation is claimed by the Islamic State group (IS).
- On May 14, 28 soldiers are killed in this same border area of Burkina Faso and Mali. The military column was ambushed while chasing fighters who had assaulted a high security prison the previous day. IS claims the two attacks.
- On November 18, 2019, 43 Malian soldiers were killed during the attack on their patrol in Tabankort, in the northeast region of Menaka, while they were carrying out a joint operation with the Nigerien forces.
- On November 1 in the same confines of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, 49 soldiers were killed in the attack on the Indelimane camp, near Ménaka. The operation is claimed by IS.
- On September 30, 40 soldiers were killed in Mondoro and Boulkessy (center), two military camps located on the border with Burkina Faso. The Support Group for Islam and Muslims (GSIM), the main jihadist alliance in the Sahel, linked to Al-Qaeda, claims the double attack, carried out using heavy weapons.
- On March 17, 26 dead in the Dioura military camp (center), an operation also claimed by the GSIM.
- On December 24, 2019, 200 heavily armed individuals attack the military base and the city of Arbinda (north), near the Malian border, leaving 42 dead, including seven soldiers and 35 civilians, the worst jihadist attack in Burkina in five years .
- On August 19, 24 soldiers were killed in the attack on a military base in Koutougou (north), near the Malian border.
- On March 22, 2019, 23 soldiers died in an attack on their position in Dangdala (southwest) attributed to the Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram. It is one of the deadliest attacks by the Chadian army since the start of the fight against the Islamists.