Turkey to donate $5m to Sahel anti-terror force

Turkey will donate $5 million to a newly-established force to combat terrorist groups in the Sahel region of Africa, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced during his first visit to Mauritania on Thursday.

"Turkey is one of the countries which best understands the dangers with which you are confronted in the Sahel. We have therefore decided to give $5 million to help the G5 Sahel force," France24 quoted Erdoğan as saying.

The 5,000-strong G5 force is being established by Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger to restore order to areas of the Sahel, an expansive region south of the Sahara, where jihadist groups have gained a foothold.

Islamic State (ISIS) fighters from Libya and Syria are said to be among the jihadists the G5 force is setting out to combat.

A total of 418 million euros has been pledged to the force by donors including the United States, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, according to France 24.