Jihadist leader ‘very probably’ killed by French forces in Mali

2018/15/11- French forces operating in Mali killed seven suspected jihadists after a recent nighttime raid, possibly including a top leader in an alliance of insurgents linked to Al-Qaeda, the French army said Thursday.

Al-Mansour Ag Alkassim, the chief of a wing of the Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM), was « very probably » among those killed in the operation the night of Sunday to Monday, army spokesman Patrik Steiger told AFP. Continuer à lire … « Jihadist leader ‘very probably’ killed by French forces in Mali »

Mali – Canada resisting UN request to extend Mali mission: Sources

2018/15/11 – The Trudeau government is reportedly resisting a United Nations request to extend Canada’s peacekeeping mission in Mali so medical evacuations can continue while replacements for Canada’s personnel arrive. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Canada resisting UN request to extend Mali mission: Sources »

Mali/Canada – RCAF helicopters begin troop transport in Mali

With heavy rains hampering the movement of United Nations personnel by road, Canadian CH-146 Griffon and CH-147 Chinook helicopters have begun transporting troops to underserved regions of Mali. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Canada – RCAF helicopters begin troop transport in Mali »

Mali/Estonia – Estonian troops in Mali performing active security and patrols

2018/08/29 – Estonian infantry platoon ESTPLA-26, participating in French-led Operation Barkhane in the West African country of Mali, commenced their primary task of manning entrances and control posts at the Gao base in the northeast of the country during week ending 26 August. The unit performed the function on three separate occasions as well as carrying out a joint patrol with the French troops, it is reported by the Baltic News Service.

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Mali – French desert troops take to boats in Mali

2018/08/25 – French desert troops recently took to boats to patrol the Niger River in Mali, the first time that the crafts have been used in the Barkhane counter-terrorism operation in the Sahel, the French armed forces said.

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Mali – Canadian peacekeepers in Mali concerned by reported delays in medical evacuations

2018/08/23 – Concerns about potential delays in the approval of life-saving medical evacuations are circling around Canada’s United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali, which in recent days conducted its first two operations in the war-torn West African nation. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Canadian peacekeepers in Mali concerned by reported delays in medical evacuations »

Mali: Estonia troops to begin operations in Gao

Estonian troops in Mali have finalized their preparations and will begin support for France’s Operation Barkhane counter-terrorism operation in the Sahel, the Kaitsevägi (Estonia’s Defense Forces) said in a release.

Estonia’s Estpla-26 infantry team arrived in Mali on August 8, joining French and British forces in Gao. It is tasked with ensuring the security of the Gao military base and its surroundings, manning checkpoints, providing escorts and patrollling around the military base. Continuer à lire … « Mali: Estonia troops to begin operations in Gao »