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End of Operation “Barkhane”: the painful lessons of France in Mali


Since the end of the Algerian war, it was, along with Afghanistan, the longest military intervention conducted by France outside its borders. The most massive in terms of the number of men and equipment mobilized, and also the most costly financially – between 800 million and 1 billion euros per year. Finally, one of the deadliest, with, to date, 53 deaths recorded in various battles, attacks or accidents. It is necessary to combine these data with the past because, in its current form – that is to say mainly centered on Mali – the “Barkhane” operation, which succeeded “Serval” in 2014, has come to an end, conclusion of several months of clashes between Paris and the ruling junta in Bamako.

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