ECOWAS forces gear up for Gambia intervention


Forces from at least three of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are preparing to launch a military intervention to oust The Gambia’s former president Yahya Jammeh after he rejected a 19 January ultimatum to stand aside for his democratically elected successor.

Senegalese Army WMA301 tank destroyers move towards The Gambia's northern border on 19 January. (PA Photos)Senegalese Army WMA301 tank destroyers move towards The Gambia’s northern border on 19 January. (PA Photos)

ECOWAS troops are expected to enter The Gambia on 23 January, unless a last-minute round of negotiations convinces Jammeh to step down peacefully, an African military source told
IHS Jane’s.

The Senegalese military released a statement on 19 January saying that the ECOWAS Mission in The Gambia (ECOMIG) is under the command of its Major General Francoise Ndiaye and would involve land, air, and naval forces, without specifying what units would be involved.



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