French and Malian soldiers patrol the city of Gao in eastern Mali on
March 15, 2019. France has been supporting the Malian government
in its battle against Islamist militants since 2013. Despite international
support, Mali has struggled to combat jihadist groups, which have
exploited ethnic divisions in their fight against the government.
Mali, a West African country about twice the size of France, came to international attention in early 2012 when a loose coalition of mostly...