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U.N. to Withdraw Troops from Mali Amid Ongoing Insecurity

HeadlineJul 05, 2023

The U.N. Security Council voted to end its decade-long peacekeeping presence in Mali after the country’s military junta told the 13,000-troop international force to leave. Mali has suffered deadly attacks from armed rebel groups across its north and central regions following an uprising in 2012. The security crisis has led to back-to-back coups in 2020 and 2021. In addition to the U.N. forces, an estimated 1,000 fighters from Russia’s Wagner mercenary group remain in Mali. Earlier this year, a U.N. report found Wagner soldiers took part in an attack on the village of Moura last year, which killed 500 people, mostly civilians.

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