The United States has suspended all cooperation with Mali’s military following the overthrow of the Malian president by army officers, the U.S. envoy to West Africa’s Sahel region said on Friday. This comes despite thousands of Malians celebrating the overthrow in the streets of the capital of Bamako.

U.S. envoy J. Peter Pham told the press that the U.S. condemns the overthrow of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Yet he specified that a decision on whether to formally designate the actions as a coup had to go through a legal review.

“Let me say categorically there is no further training or support of Malian armed forces full-stop. We have halted everything until such time as we can clarify the situation,” Pham said to the media.

Pham’s comments are important since if Washington were to officially designate Keita’s overthrow as a coup, that could result in a total cut-off of direct support to the Malian government. A Pentagon spokesperson referred on Friday to the removal of Keita as an “act of mutiny.”

The U.S regularly trains troops and officers of the Malian military, including some of the officers involved in the coup against President Keita. 

But the more important factor at play here is the intelligence support that the U.S. furnishes the French-led coalition, which includes Mali, in the ongoing and bloody fight against Islamic jihadists. Most of the American support stems from neighboring Niger where the U.S. operates drones from Air Base 201.

The French have 5,100 troops in the region as part of Operation Barkhane. The operation’s goal is to push both ISIS and al-Qaeda jihadists out of the Sahel. The French also just got Special Operations Task Force Takuba off the ground. Takuba aims to train coalition troops and conduct operations by, with, and through the host nation forces. 

For at least the time being, operations will continue at the U.N. Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The mission conducts security-related tasks to ensure the stability and protection of civilians.