A founding member of a multinational West African security alliance is pulling out.
Mali is withdrawing from the G5 Sahel joint force fighting armed groups linked to ISIL (ISIS) and al-Qaeda.
The military government blamed a lack of progress and internal divisions.
It also accused a country outside of the region of trying to isolate Mali, without providing details.
With France, Germany and the European Union reducing their involvement in Mali, who’ll be left to look after security in West Africa?
Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom
Niankoro Yeah Samake – Malian politician and president of the Party for Civic and Patriotic Action
Emmanuel Kwesi Aning – Director of research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre
Jacques Reland – Senior research fellow at the Global Policy Institute