An array of Niger Army Panhard AML 60 and AML 90 Armoured Fighting Vehicles
(Photo Credit: WIKIPEDIA)
18 January, 2013
As planned, Niger, Senegal and Burkina
Faso will send 500 soldiers each, Benin
300 men, Guinea 150 and Ghana 120
soldiers to the continental forces. Chad, which is not an ECOWAS member, has promised 2,000 soldiers and Togo agreed to put 540 soldiers to the
operations in Mali.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) plans to mobilize a regional force of 3,300 troops with Nigeria’s general Shehu Umar Abdulkadir as the commander and his deputy commander will be Yaya Garba from Niger. MISMA’s chief of general staff will be colonel Jean Paul Ntab from Senegal.
Between Thursday and Tuesday next,
Bakayoko said, three countries will be on the ground to fight the rebels. They
include the Malian forces and their French allies as well as the Nigeriens who are just waiting for orders to begin the operation from their side of the border. The special representative of the
Commission President of the ECOWAS,
Cheaka Aboudou Toure, said the mandate of MISMA (International Mission for Support to Mali) is to liberate Mali from the hands of the militants.