G5 Sahel: Leaders and financial backers meet in Mauritania

Donors and leaders of the G5 Sahel group gather for a conference in Nouakchott, Mauritania. The organisation wishes to strengthen its development projects, particularly in border regions where jihadists are taking advantage of the shortcomings of the states to establish themselves. IMAGES

Fledgling ‘G5’ force ventures into Sahel hotspots

A new military force called the “G5 Sahel” has begun its fight jihadists and armed groups in Mali. The international coalition, which includes Mali, Niger, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Chad, is supported by French forces. The region has long been an area where jihadists and other armed groups can operate easily thanks to its wide open desert and porous borders.