Mali: 'Africa's Afghanistan' sees France withdraw troops and terror groups run amok

Alcuni 2,700 sono stati uccisi nel Mali dell'Africa occidentale nei primi sei mesi di quest'anno, su 40% l'anno scorso. Mentre il caos si intensifica in questa regione conosciuta come il Sahel, this week the last unilateral Western peacekeeping force was pulled – or was it pushed – out. Mali’s military junta is now letting Russia’s shadowy Wagner mercenary group reportedly run amok, with an ever-growing catalog of human rights abuses against Mali’s people.

Is Mali Africa’s Afghanistan?” Jasmine Opperman, a security consultant specializing in extremism and political violence, discussed with Fox News Digital. “Looking at its history, looking at the complexities of the driving forces, looking at international actors’ involvement aggravating the security situation and acting as a trigger mechanism for extremism, I think we can definitely conclude that based on the similarities, Mali can be considered as Africa’s Afghanistan.

A protester holds a placard reading "France, gardener of terrorism" during a demonstration celebrating France's plans to withdraw troops from Mali, in Bamako, il feb. 19, 2022. The last of the French troops left this week. (Florent Vergnes/AFP via Getty Images)

A protester holds a placard reading “Francia, gardener of terrorismduring a demonstration celebrating France’s plans to withdraw troops from Mali, in Bamako, il feb. 19, 2022. The last of the French troops left this week. (Florent Vergnes/AFP via Getty Images)

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