On Thursday, November 8, Malian military authorities announced that security forces had launched operations in the Cercle de Nara and Cercle de Banamba. According to reports, forces were deployed to the areas after suspected jihadist militants forced schools to close in Nara and Banamba. At least 15 suspected militants were arrested by security forces. Clashes between jihadist militants and the Malian military are possible over the near term.
Due to the presence of various armed groups, Mali's northern and central regions remain unstable despite the presence of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), one of the largest UN peacekeeping missions in the world.
The security environment in Mali remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
Due to the underlying terrorist and kidnapping threats prevalent in the country, all those present in Mali are advised to remain discreet regarding personal details, particularly information concerning nationality, employment, family, etc. Individuals are also advised to avoid public events and places frequented by Westerners, to remain vigilant at all times (especially in local markets, now used by terrorists as recruitment grounds), and to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities.