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African Union

African anti-jihadi force gets $130 million at French meet

A new African military force to counter growing extremism in the Sahel region should see victories "in the first half of 2018," France's president said Wednesday after hosting a summit to boost support for the five-nation effort.

President Emmanuel Macron announced new pledges for the force known as the G5 Sahel, one from Saudi Arabia of $100 million and another of $30 million from the United Arab Emirates, in a bid to speed up the full deployment of the military effort by Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania.

Nearly five years after France intervened to rout Islamist extremists in northern Mali, then controlled by an al-Qaida affiliate, the threat has...

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