Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Will Russia Replace France in Africa?

 The Hill published on 23 October 2023 a commentary titled "As France Pulls Out of Africa, Will Russia Step In?" by Eliot Wilson.

A spate to military coups in Africa is forcing France to pull troops from the continent--1,500 by the end of the year from Niger, 5,000 out of Mali last summer, and 400 special forces from Burkina Faso this February.  These countries will look for new allies to keep jihadis at bay and Russia's mercenary Wagner Group may be the organization of choice.