Soldiers of France's Barkhane mission patrol in Tillit on November 1, 2017 in central Mali, in the border zone with Burkina Faso and Niger as a joint anti-jihadist force linking countries in the Sahel began operations on November 1. AFP / Daphn
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A Saudi-backed Islamic military coalition will provide logistical, intelligence and training to a new West African counterterrorism force that is struggling to get off the ground, Saudi foreign minister said.The announcement by Adel al-Jubeir signals the involvement in the Sahel of a Muslim military alliance widely seen as a vehicle for countering the growing influence of Riyadh's rival Iran.Some 40 Muslim-majority nations met in Riyadh at the end of November to begin fleshing out details of the alliance first conceived two years ago by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, but that until now has yet to take any decisive international action in its mandate to fight terrorism.However, France, which has 4,500 troops in the region, has been dismayed to see the militants score military and symbolic victories in West Africa while the G-5 force has struggled to win financing and become operational.
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