The French navy says it has movies of Russian mercenaries burying our bodies close to a military base in northern Mali which it says is a part of a smear marketing campaign towards the French who handed management of the bottom to Malian forces earlier this week
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — The French navy says it has movies of Russian mercenaries burying our bodies close to a military base in northern Mali, which it says is a part of a smear marketing campaign towards the French who handed the bottom to Malian forces earlier this week.
Aerial surveillance pictures taken by the French navy on Thursday morning and supplied to The Related Press exhibits what look like 10 Caucasian troopers overlaying roughly a dozen Malian our bodies with sand 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) east of the Gossi navy base within the nation’s north, in accordance with a French navy officer who spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of he was not licensed to talk to the press on the matter.
Within the video one of many troopers seems to be filming the scene. The Caucasian troopers within the video are believed to be members of the Wagner Group, a Russian mercenary pressure, the officer mentioned.
A number of tweets with photos of the our bodies have been posted on accounts that assist Russia or faux accounts created by Wagner, the officer mentioned. The tweets blame the French for the killings and the burials, in accordance with the French officer.
One tweet from an account referred to as Dia Diarra, allegedly created by Wagner, mentioned: “That is what the French left behind once they left base at #Gossi. These are excerpts from a video that was taken after they left! We can not maintain silent about this!”
The French military transferred management of the Gossi base to Malian troopers on Tuesday, in what the French mentioned was a secure, orderly and clear method. Later that day a “French sensor noticed a dozen Caucasian people, almost certainly belonging to the Wagner Group,” and a detachment from the Malian military arrive on the Gossi web site and unload gear, mentioned the French navy in a confidential report that was seen by AP.
The French navy mentioned the transfer to discredit the French forces working in northern Mali is a part of a coordinated marketing campaign of a number of info assaults on them that has been happening for months.
“This incident at Gossi camp will additional put Mali’s junta at odds with the worldwide group, and it wouldn’t be stunning in the event that they give you an unrealistic rationalization,” he mentioned.
He mentioned the aerial pictures supplied by the French navy have largely stymied the Russian disinformation effort. “It is a huge win for France who’s been going through powerful instances about its repute in Mali,” he mentioned.
In February, France introduced it will withdraw its troops from Mali amid tensions with the nation’s ruling navy junta and the West African nation’s choice to make use of Russian mercenaries from the Wagner Group. Some 1,000 of the Russian mercenaries are believed to be working in Mali, in accordance with navy consultants.