Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz attend a signing ceremony in Nouakchott , Mauritania, late Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.(Kayhan Ozer/Pool Photo via AP)
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Turkey will donate $5 million to a fledgling force of five nations battling terrorism and trafficking in the Sahel, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced during a visit to Mauritania.The G5 force, gathering Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, aims to train and equip 5,000 troops to restore authority in lawless areas where militants have gained a foothold.The European Union announced an extra 50 million euros ($61 million) for the G5 Sahel force at a fund-raising conference in Brussels on Feb. 23 .The force is intended to become fully operational in mid-2018, and will serve alongside France's 4,000 troops in the area as well as the U.N.'s 12,000-strong MINUSMA peacekeeping operation in Mali.
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