French and Malian troops prepare for a joint mission from Menaka,
near the border with Niger, in February 2019. Since the end of the
Tuareg uprising in 2015, jihadist groups have stepped up violence
across Mali, spreading into neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger,
despite the array of multinational forces deployed in the region.
Mali has been wracked with conflict since an alliance of Tuareg separatists and jihadists rose up in March 2012, resulting in a coup in the capital, Bamako....