French soldiers leave Burkina Faso – level 3
Burkina Faso decided to end a military agreement with France; it allowed French troops to fight militants on its territory.
The West African country is facing insurgency by Al-Qaeda and Islamic State groups; they have taken over large swathes of land and displaced millions of people.
On January 18, 2023, the government suspended the 2018 military government with Paris, and it gave France one month to withdraw its troops. The government spokesman Emmanuel Rodrigo said that the vision of Burkina Faso’s transitional government was to defend itself; however, it diplomatic relations with France would continue, and Burkina Faso still wanted support for military equipment.
French influence has been declining in its former colonies. Military groups lead Burkina Faso and neighboring Mali. The groups seized power in the past two years, and they burned bridges with their traditional allies.
Difficult words: insurgency (a violent act or plan by a group of people who refuse to accept their government’s power), transitional government (a temporary government that governs until official elections take place in a country), burn bridges (to permanently end relations with another person or organization).
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