The action in Mali, and nations in the area, of the Russian Wagner group, a company of mercenaries at the service of Putin’s interests in Africa and other countries of the world, is on the way to reinforcing jihadism instead of controlling and annihilating it. The alleged atrocities, denounced by various media and organizations, committed by the “soldiers of fortune”, destroying towns with the death of their inhabitants and assuming that they are all “bad”, the only thing they achieve is that the population seeks “justice”. ” in those who are willing to exercise it, Sharia in hand: the Islamic State (Isis, Daesh).
In its latest publications, the jihadist gang reports various attacks on Wagner members, with the death of several dozen of them.
Within the strategy of becoming the dominant group, attacks against Al Qaeda affiliates in the area (JNIM) persist, with the death of numerous members of the terrorist group. these jihadists also confront Wagner to win over the population.
Among other things, 15 Wagner members were killed in Celta, in the Ansongo region. The Russians, according to the version of Isis, opened fire indiscriminately against the people and it had to be the “combatants of the Caliphate” who responded to this alleged atrocity, with the aforementioned balance.
The jihadists, as if they could be an example of morality, they point out that for Wagner the normal thing is to shoot at people and their cattle with the pretext that they were affiliated with the Islamic State; so Isis terrorists mobilize “to stop these crimes, the blatant invasion of blood and property.”
The same happens with those of Al Qaeda, to which, in different clashes, they have caused up to 60 casualties in the last week.
The Wagner Group is a private military company backed by the Russian State that has been carrying out, since December last year, a bloody campaign in Mali, when the country’s ruling military junta hired them to replace the French troops.
According to various observers, the Russians have been implicated in a series of human rights abuses committed under the guise of counter-terrorist operations, including the summary execution of approximately 300 civilians in March 2022, an atrocity considered by Human Rights Watch as the worst in the decade for Mali. All of them, according to the same sources, can contribute to further increasing instability in the country, undermine the legitimacy of the government and the security forces and indirectly strengthen Al Qaeda and ISIS.
The background to the Wagner group’s action in Mali is the same as in other African countries: it offers its services to governments in exchange for compensation, often in the form of natural resource concessions to companies linked to Wagner. All this without forgetting Putin’s geostrategic interests in the area to open a new front against the West.