UK plans to deploy troops.

The UK is sending 250 soldiers to Mali to join the UN peacekeeping mission in 2020.

Mali faces considerable political, security and governance challenges, compounded by a military coup in August 2020.

This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the deployment and the situation in Mali.

At the end of 2020, UK armed forces will join the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali; a reflection of the UK’s growing interest in an increasingly unstable part of Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Mali faces considerable political, security and governance challenges,

Also compounded by a military coup in August 2020.

In June a coalition of opposition forces rallied Malians, frustrated with President Ibrahim Boubacar Kéïta’s leadership,

Not hesitating, called in for his resignation.

On 18 August, the President resigned after being detained in the capital by soldiers.

The current crisis in Mali has its roots in the events of 2012,

where the northern separatists and Islamist armed groups forced government forces out of northern Mali and the military overthrew the government

Later this year, 250 British soldiers will join a UN mission in Mali.

It has been described as the most dangerous peacekeeping operation in the world.

In Senegal,

a team of around 30 UK soldiers and Royal Marines have been training special forces from a number of West African nations in a US-led counter-terrorism exercise involving more than 1,600 troops.

Britain shows interest.

Maj John House has been leading the British element of the training in Senegal with the focus on infantry skills and counter-terrorism operations.

He said it was in Britain’s interests to get more involved in the region.

“If we don’t act we may find the problems getting closer to our door,” he said. “The more they have a presence in the region, the more we can feel the effect back in the UK.”

Peace-keeping mission.

They may be part of a peacekeeping mission, but the British will be conducting long-range reconnaissance patrols into hostile territory.

Nearly 200 UN peacekeepers have already lost their lives in Mali. France, which has more than 5,000 troops in the country,

And has also suffered casualties there.

The harsh reality is that, so far,

Western support

Along with international troops and peacekeepers has been unable to turn the rising tide of extremism in the region.

So is Britain about to become mired in another long-drawn conflict?

The UK troops will be sent to keep the country in order and peaceful

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