(FRANCE) JUST IN: Operation Barhane halted its joint military operations with Mali over last week’s coup in the West African country #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.04: French forces have been supporting troops from Mali, Chad, Mauritania, Niger, and Burkina Faso to fight militants in the Sahel region:

FRANCE: Suspends military ties with Mali over coup and said the suspension would continue until it received guarantees about a return to civilian rule according to Frank Gardner: Critical stage for fight against jihadis in West Africa

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Soldiers of France's Barkhane mission patrol in In-Tillit in 2017 in Mali
French troops are part of Operation Barkhane against militants in the Sahel

On 25 May Mali’s military strongman, Col Assimi Goïta, ousted the country’s civilian president and prime minister:

This week the West African grouping Ecowas and the African Union (AU) suspended Mali from their bodies. 

On Thursday France’s armed forces ministry said that both Ecowas and the AU had set “the framework for the political transition in Mali”. 

It added: “While awaiting these guarantees, France has decided to suspend, as a temporary measure, joint military operations with Malian forces.” 

French troops will continue to operate there independently.

What is happening in Mali?

Coup leader Colonel Assimi Goïta was named transitional president by the constitutional court last Friday – two days after he declared himself the interim leader. 

He defended the removal of President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane as necessary because they had failed in their duties and were seeking to sabotage the country’s transition.

Soldiers arrested and detained the two men after a cabinet reshuffle that Col Goïta said he was not consulted about.

He also led the coup last August, which saw the elected President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta forced out of office.

Col Goïta has now promised that a new prime minister will be appointed within days, and that elections will still go ahead next year as planned.

Why is Mali so unstable?

Mali is a vast, landlocked former French colony, and large areas are poor and underdeveloped.

A coup in 2012 led to militant Islamists exploiting the chaos and seizing the north of the country. 

French troops helped regain territory, but attacks have continued as the insurgents have capitalised on the persistent political instability in the region.

This has all led to public confidence waning over the army leaders’ ability to tackle the Islamist insurgency that has spilled into neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Jun.04: 2021:

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(ANKARA, Turkey.) Court Report: Former military commanders & fighter jet pilots have been handed life sentences who bombed police compounds and the parliament building in the Ankara during a failed 2016 coup #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.26: The court in Ankara delivered the verdicts against 475 defendants, 365 of whom had been detained: Several former military officials and civilians individually received up to 79 life sentences for their role in the failed coup. A former brigadier general was sentenced to life in prison for providing fuel for F-16 jet fighters flown by the insurgents, while several of his colleagues received a similar sentence for instructing the pilots to strike specific targets in the capital: The pilots were likewise sentenced to life in prison for bombing police sites, the Turkish Parliament building and a state broadcasting company in the country’s capital. In one ruling, a former F-16 pilot received 16 life sentences for killing 15 people near the presidential compound: Another defendant, a former brigadier general, was handed a life sentence for detaining a military police chief during the coup:

Turkish courts previously sentenced 121 people to life in prison for their role in the coup in June and 151 last year.

German Navy frigates 'Hamburg' © AP Photo/Focke Strangmann

Berlin hits out at Ankara after Turkey prevents arms search on Libya-bound ship

On July 15, 2016, elements of the Turkish Armed Forces tried to seize control over key sites in Ankara, Istanbul and several other locations across the country, but were quickly overpowered. The government accused dissident cleric Fethullah Gulen of staging the coup. Gulen, who has lived in self-exile in the US since 1999, denied the allegations:

The Gulen movement is considered to be a terrorist group by Turkey: Security forces regularly conduct raids against the cleric’s supporters in different parts of the country:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………….Published: Nov.26:2020:

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USA: ‘ DOJ ARRESTS & CHARGES TWO US RESIDENTS WITH FAIL COUP ATTEMPT ‘

#AceWorldNews – Update: WASHINGTON: Jan.05: Two US residents have been charged for their involvement in the failed December 30 attempt to overthrow the Gambian government, the US Justice Department said Monday.

Cherno Njie, who lives in Minnesota, and Papa Fall of Texas, are set to appear in court later on Monday. The coup attempt was reportedly led by a former commander of the presidential guard.

Last week, while President Yahya Jammeh was away, shots were fired near the Presidential Palace. Jammeh has dismissed the severity of the attempt, attributing it to “terrorist groups backed by some foreign powers.” Gambia has also begun arresting people suspected of having ties to the attempt.

#ANS2015

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GAMBIA: ‘ WASHINGTON DENIES ACCUSATIONS OF MILITARY COUP INVOLVEMENT ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON:Jan.02: Washington has denied accusations by Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh that it was involved in Tuesday’s attack on the presidential palace.

' USA Deny Accusations of Involvement in Military Coup in Gambia '

‘ USA Deny Accusations of Involvement in Military Coup in Gambia ‘

Jammeh blamed foreign dissidents based in US, Germany and UK for what he called an attempted coup. “The US government had no role in the events that took place in Banjul,” a US State Department official said.

Earlier the US embassy in Banjul described the violence as a coup against Jammeh, but the African nation’s leader said it was a foreign-sponsored terrorist attack.

Banjul (Gambia) (AFP) – Dozens of military personnel and civilians were arrested and a large cache of weapons and explosives found after an alleged coup attempt in The Gambia, an intelligence source said Thursday. 

The suspects have been interrogated and were being held in “four villas” in or near the tiny west African nation’s capital Banjul, said a source close to Gambia’s National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

A group of heavily armed men led by an army deserter attacked the presidential palace before dawn, but were repelled by forces loyal to Gambia’s leader of 20-years, Yahya Jammeh.

#ANS2015

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