Video: What is the G5 Sahel joint military force?
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On Feb. 16, 2014, the presidents of the main Sahel states - Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad and Niger - set up the G5 so that they could coordinate their development and security policies. One of the main components of their collaboration is the G5 Sahel force whose goal is to defeat armed terrorist groups such as Boko Haram. The G5 force employs 5,000 people and needs €400 million to operate and the European Union is the force’s largest donor, having pledged €50 million to fund it.