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Ecoclimatic and biogeographic transition zone in Africa

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Sahel: Ecoclimatic and biogeographic transition zone in Africa
The Sahel is the ecoclimatic and biogeographic realm of transition in Africa between the Sahara to the north and the Sudanian savanna to the south. Having a semi-arid climate, it stretches across the south-central latitudes of Northern Africa between the Atlantic Ocean and the Red Sea. The name is derived from the Arabic term for "coast, shore"; this is explained as being used in a figurative sense. However, such figurative use is unattested in Classical Arabic, and it has been suggested that the word may originally have been derived from the Arabic word sahl سهل "plain" instead.

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G5 Sahel Summit: no immediate reduction of France's Sahel force [Video]

G5 Sahel Summit: no immediate reduction of France's Sahel force

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France’s Macron rules out immediate troop drawdown from Sahel [Video]

France’s Macron rules out immediate troop drawdown from Sahel

French president says rushed exit from volatile region in West Africa would be a mistake, as Chad deploys reinforcements.

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REPLAY: Macron says no 'immediate' reduction of France's Sahel force [Video]

REPLAY: Macron says no 'immediate' reduction of France's Sahel force

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Macron urges expanded anti-terror fight, government control in Sahel [Video]

Macron urges expanded anti-terror fight, government control in Sahel

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Chad calls for world support as Sahel summit begins [Video]

Chad calls for world support as Sahel summit begins

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G5 Sahel summit: Macron is considering a Sahel troop reduction [Video]

G5 Sahel summit: Macron is considering a Sahel troop reduction

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Sweden says to send up to 150 special forces troops to Mali

Sweden's government on Monday said it had decided to send troops to Mali to join French-led special forces that are fighting militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State in the Sahel region of North..
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Two Western hostages freed after 15-month captivity in Africa's Sahel

A Canadian woman and an Italian man kidnapped while traveling through Burkina Faso 15 months ago have been freed and are in good health, the president of neighboring Mali said on Saturday after meeting..
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U.S. creates new envoy position to counter rising terrorism in Sahel

The United States has created a special envoy for Africa's Sahel region, a State Department spokesman said on Friday, to counter rising violence from groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State are..
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Macron hopes for defense cooperation with Poland in Sahel, Libya

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday he hopes for greater defense cooperation with Poland over Libya, as well as in Africa's Sahel, where it is fighting Islamist militants in the south of..
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French defense ministry to send 600 more troops to Africa's Sahel

France will deploy 600 more soldiers in the fight against Islamists militants in Africa's Sahel, south of the Sahara, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said on Sunday.
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France warns U.S. against pulling troops from fight against Islamists in Africa's Sahel

France delivered a stern warning on Monday against possible U.S. troop cuts in West Africa, where groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State are expanding their foothold.
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France hopes U.S. will have 'good sense' to not withdraw support in Sahel

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Monday he hoped the United States would have the "good sense" not to withdraw its support for French military operations in West Africa, where al..
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Amid fears U.S. will pull troops from Africa, French minister heads to Washington

France's armed forces minister said on Wednesday she would travel to Washington in the coming days to discuss U.S. military support to French forces in the Sahel region, amid growing concern of a U.S...
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France, West Africa to unite forces in fight against Islamist militants

France and West African states agreed on Monday to unite their forces under a joint command structure to fight Islamist militants in the Sahel region and France will send an extra 220 soldiers to..
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France to send extra 220 troops to fight Islamist militants in Sahel: Macron

France will send an extra 220 soldiers to West Africa to fight Islamist militants after agreeing to create a joint command structure with regional states to fight the growing insurgency in the area,..
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France's Macron to press West African leaders over Sahel insurgency

President Emmanuel Macron will press five West African leaders on Monday to denounce anti-French sentiment in their countries over Paris's handling of an insurgency by Islamist militants, or risk..
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France, Niger propose to postpone G5 Sahel meeting to early 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron and Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou agreed on Thursday to propose a postponement to early 2020 of a meeting of Sahelian country leaders due to take place in France..
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Macron conditions troop presence in Sahel on West African clarifications

President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday demanded West African leaders dismiss growing anti-French sentiment across the region if they wanted France's military to continue its operations against Islamist..
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Macron wants Sahel leaders to clarify stance on French military operation in region

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday he wanted a clarification from west African leaders on France's military operation in the Sahel region.
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After Mali deaths, Macron assesses Sahel options hoping for EU help

French President Emmanuel Macron ordered the military on Thursday to review its operations against Islamist militants in West Africa and pressed his allies to do more after 13 soldiers died during a..
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Macron tells army: 'all options open' in Sahel after Mali deaths

President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday he has ordered his military to assess its operations against Islamist militants in West Africa and all options are open, after 13 soldiers died during a..
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Algeria army arrests militants heading for Sahel region: ministry

Algeria's army has arrested eight people planning to join Islamist militants in the neighboring Sahel region, the defense ministry said on Wednesday.
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Jihadist violence putting 'generation at risk' in Africa's Sahel: WFP

Jihadist violence in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso has forced nearly 1 million people to flee their homes, destroyed fragile agricultural economies and hobbled humanitarian aid efforts, the World Food..
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France says troops kill a leading jihadist in the Sahel

French troops killed one of the Sahel region's leading jihadists on Oct. 9, France's defense minister said on Tuesday.
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Sixteen killed in Burkina Faso in suspected jihadist attack

Suspected jihadists killed 16 villagers in northern Burkina Faso on Monday in an incident highlighting the increased presence of Sahel-based Islamists in the area, local and security sources said.
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World losing ground against violence in Sahel, U.N. says

West African and international powers are failing to tackle the spiraling threat of Islamist militancy in the Sahel region, which is spreading towards the Gulf of Guinea, the United Nations..
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