In Mali, jihadist pressure is increasing, forcing the armed forces to withdraw from the most exposed positions, leaving the ground to terrorist armed groups (GAT) and abandoning local populations.
It would not be a retreat and especially not a retreat: but the Malian military have indeed abandoned several positions in the south-east of the country, following the deadly attack by jihadists against the post of Indelimane (48 dead, the November, 1st). Last Tuesday, it was Anderamboukane's position that was evacuated, the military having shortly after joined the town of Menaka, a hundred kilometers to the northeast.
The Malian staff confirmed Sunday morning, November 10, this movement of troops and explained that "the isolated units will be grouped together as points of support and centers of resistance ".
The #CEMGA brings to the attention of the national opinion that in order to reconsider our operational posture in the field, the isolated units will be grouped into points of support and centers of resistance. pic.twitter.com/eK9FJCV4ZB
– Malian Armed Forces (@FAMa_DIRPA) November 9, 2019
This is how the Anderaboukane and Indelimane posts fell back on Menaka, and the Labbezanga post on Ansongo. The staff said that "In this operational choice, other units will also be concerned. This decision is part of the implementation of a new concept of operation that aims to better adapt the strategy to the threat of terrorists and other narcotics traffickers.
Even if he is not "No question of abandoning the population"the result of this redeployment is obvious: new parts of the territory are no longer controlled by the Malian state. These areas may fall under the control of terrorist armed groups (GAT) or be held by local militias.
Thus, the former rebels of the Movement for the Salvation of Azawad (MSA), engaged in the fight against terrorism in the region, say occupy the ground with strong pickups and motorcycles. We are in " Red alert "says one of their leaders.
New operational concept
In a speech to the nation, three days after the deadly attack on Indelimane, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta claimed to have "Educates … the development of a new operational concept that gives an important part to the offensive … and to the improvement of the conditions of engagement" soldiers.
Several raids by the Malian armed forces (FAMa) were launched. The latest FAMa attack was on Saturday morning in Kouna, christened Tiesabathis operation would have allowed "The destruction of a terrorist base". Indeed, material was recovered and destroyed but no enemy fighter was spotted.
These raids do not prevent GAT from continuing their harassing operations. On the night of Friday to Saturday, the Konna Gendarmerie (near Mopti) was attacked by motorcycle attackers who could be pushed back. "The toll is 2 civilians killed, 2 wounded including a policeman. A gendarmerie vehicle was burned. The wounded were evacuated at the Sevare hospital at midnight ",according to FAMa.
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