FRANCE 24 reporters have been following French special forces in the Sahel as they battle Islamist militants. It is the first time French special forces have allowed journalists to film them during their mission in the Sahel region.
Special forces members are deployed in the Sahel for four months at a time. They need to become accustomed to the terrain, the climate and the vegetation. Commandos are flexible and the chain of command is short, so everything can change in the blink of an eye: Operations can be prepared over several weeks or launched within an hour.
French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting a summit in Paris on December 13 aimed at widening international support for the G5 Sahel – a regional anti-jihadist force composed of forces from Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad that is backed by French air support.