Despite several reports and local accounts, France rejects that its military operation caused civilian killings in Mali and the Sahel region.
The attack took place on the two-time coup leader in Bamako during prayers for the Muslim festival of Eid al Adha.
Deadly attacks are common in the Sahel countries, as is banditry. And in the vast areas outside of state control, the militants often levy taxes in the form of livestock.
There are concerns, however, that an ill-coordinated drawdown and ad-hoc coalition with fewer soldiers won’t be able to bring security and will significantly affect the various international development projects in the Sahel.
French President Macron announced last month Operation Barkhane, a seven-year campaign fighting militants linked to Al Qaeda and Daesh in the Sahel, will formally end.
France's armed forces minister said that Paris decided to resume joint military operations with Mali as well as national advisory missions, which had been suspended since June 3.
The soldiers were killed during a raid while the UN peacekeepers were wounded following a car-bomb attack.
The New York Times has published allegations implicating around 12 coaches and officials in sexual abuse that involved around 100 women players. However, FIBA chief Hamane Niang was not directly implicated in the scandal.
Goita, a 38-year-old special forces commander, was one of several colonels who overthrew president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita last August.
But the question remains — will France support the putschist leader if he names a civilian prime minister?
The decision comes after Mali's military strongman Assimi Goita, who led last year's coup, ousted the country's civilian transitional president and prime minister last week in what French leader Macron has called "an unacceptable coup d'etat."
The African Union had earlier suspended Mali after August 2020 coup but reinstated the country a few weeks later after the heads of the new civilian-led transitional government were announced.
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