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Three likely changes in Mali after France withdraws – and two...

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Eight years have passed since the French military launched its operations in Mali at the request of Mali’s then interim government. Mali, at the time,...

France arming Operation Barkhane Reaper UAVs

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France is arming its MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with Paveway guided bombs for Operation Barkhane operations in Africa. The Armée de l'Air et...

France ends West African Barkhane military operation

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President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday France's operation battling Islamist militants in the Sahel region of West Africa would come to an end with...

France stays the course in the Sahel

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Despite setbacks, France reaffirmed its commitment to intensify its fight against Islamist insurgents in the Sahel region and sees South Africa as an ally...

Jihadist attacks repelled in Mali

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Two of the Malian military’s outposts near Burkina Faso have been attacked by jihadists, but repelled with French help. The French Ministry of Defence said...

Royal Air Force Chinooks conduct heavy lift operations in Mali

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An RAF Chinook has delivered heavy equipment to extend French and Malian forces' operational range as part of Op Barkhane, the French counter insurgency...

Determination in the desert

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Operation Serval marked a high point for France’s military in the modern era. The 18-month mission began in January 2013 at the request of...

British helicopters help sustain airpower in Mali

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The British military Tri-Service Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) says it is leading the UK’s support to French counter-insurgency operations in West Africa by conducting...

Swedish Special Forces preparing to head to Mali

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Sweden is preparing to deploy about 150 special forces to support the French-led Operation Barkhane in Mali. The Special Forces are getting ready to participate...

French army says killed civilian by accident in Mali

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A unit of the French Barkhane military force has killed a civilian by accident, the French army said in a statement on Tuesday. The army...

France says its military operation Barkhane will continue in Mali

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France will pursue its military operations in Mali against Islamic fighters despite the ousting of the country’s president two days ago by a coup,...

French C-130J takes over from C-160 in Niger

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The French Air Force is replacing its C-160 Transall aircraft in Niger with C-130J Super Hercules ahead of the Transall’s retirement. On 31 July, a...

Spanish Air Force sends a second C295 to Senegal

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The Spanish Air Force has sent a second C295 aircraft to Dakar, Senegal, to support pace and security missions in the area. The aircraft left...

French Air Force engages Islamists in the Sahel

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The French Air Force, using Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and Mirage 2000 combat jets, led the destruction of a large number of terrorists...

Royal Air Force Chinooks exceed 2 000 flight hours in Mali

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The Royal Air Force (RAF) Chinook detachment supporting French troops in Mali has so far logged over 2 000 flight hours, including nearly 340...

Danish Merlin helicopters transport 1 800 people during first three months...

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Denmark’s two EH-101 Merlin helicopters have transported 1 800 personnel and 45 tonnes of cargo during their first three months in Mali as part...

Danish EH101s deployed to Mali

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Denmark has deployed two EH101 helicopters to Mali, where they are supporting the French-led Operation Barkhane counter-terrorism effort. The two EH101 along with 70 support...

UK to extend Mali Chinook mission

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The United Kingdom will keep its three Chinook transport helicopters in Mali for another six months, where they will continue to support the French-led...

Allied nations continue to provide airlift support to France’s Operation Barkhane

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Half of all freight and personnel transported for the French-led Operation Barkhane in the Sahel is carried out by allied and European countries, France...

French Gazelle that force-landed in Mali was hit by enemy fire

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A French Army Gazelle helicopter that was forced to land during combat against militants in Mali earlier this month was hit by enemy fire,...

First African deployment for MMP

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The French Army for the first time deployed its new MMP battlefield missile on foreign operations in December, when a unit took the weapon...

French Reaper crashes in Niger

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The French military has lost one of its Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in a crash in Niger. The French Defence Staff said...

France evaluates MMP missile in Djibouti

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From 25 August to 22 September in Djibouti, the Technical Section of the French Army (STAT), the Directorate General of Armament (DGA)...

Royal Air Force C-17 arrives in Mali for the first time

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A Royal Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft has arrived at Gao airfield in Mali for the first time. The flight...

Three British Chinook helicopters fully operational in Gao

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The three British CH-47 Chinook helicopters deployed to Gao, Mali, are now officially cleared to perform operational missions for the benefit of...

Mali car bomb attack

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An attack on a military patrol in northern Mali killed four civilians and wounded 31, including four French soldiers, Mali's government and...

Estonia to send soldiers to Mali

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Estonia's government has decided to send up to 50 soldiers to Mali for a one year mission to support the French Barkhane...

Mali firefight leaves 30 dead

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French and Malian troops killed about 30 Islamist insurgents during a gun battle near the border with Niger, where Islamic State are...

Mali president contradicts French account of military strike

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Malian soldiers killed during a French military strike in northern Mali in October were hostages of Islamist militants, not deserters turned jihadists...

Malian soldiers inadvertently killed in raid

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A French military strike on armed militants in northern Mali inadvertently killed Malian soldiers held hostage by the Islamist group, the West...

French soldiers target Islam militants in Mali

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The French military has targeted Islamist militants in northern Mali near the border with Algeria and took 15 militants "out of action",...

French A400M flies first operational mission to Niger

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A French air force A400M transport aircraft has carried out its first operational mission to Niger, carrying helicopters, freight and personnel directly...

France turns to armed drones in fight against Sahel militants

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France will arm its surveillance drones in West Africa as part of counter-terrorism operations against Islamist militants, Defence Minister Florence Parly said. French...

French president heading for Sahel

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President Emmanuel Macron heads to Mali on Sunday to throw France's weight behind a new West African military force he hopes will...

French soldiers wounded in Mali mortar attack

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Several French soldiers were wounded, one seriously, in a mortar attack claimed by al Qaeda's local affiliate on a United Nations peacekeeping...

France confident US will not cut into Mali UN mission needs

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France's foreign minister is confident the United States will not seek cuts to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali, adding Paris...

RAF airlift assistance for French counter-insurgency ops in Africa

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A crew from the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) Number 99 Squadron have been assisting French troops in sub-Saharan Africa by delivering supplies...

Additional French Reapers deployed to Niger

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The French military has taken delivery of another two MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from General Atomics, out of a total...

French UAVs exceed 15 000 flight hours in the Sahel

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French unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) deployed in the Sahel as part of Operation Barkhane have accumulated more than 15 000 flight hours. The...

France removes Mirage 2000Ds from Niger

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The French Air Force has withdrawn its two Mirage 2000D fighter jets from Niamey, Niger, serving with Operation Barkhane. The aircraft had been...

France rotates Barkhane aircraft

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The French Air Force has rotated some of its aircraft deployed in Africa as part of Operation Barkhane. Four two-seater Dassault Rafales based...

French Air Force rotates Mirage 2000s in Niger

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The French Air Force has rotated two of its four Mirage 2000C fighter jets in Niamey, Niger, serving with Operation Barkhane. The...

French, local forces kill three gunmen in northern Niger raid

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French and Niger forces killed three gunmen in a convoy carrying drugs and heavy weapons in Niger close to the Libyan border,...

Third French Reaper UAV deploys to Niger

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The French Air Force received its third Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), on 7 May, which was then deployed directly to Niamey...

ISS: Operation Barkhane – a show of force and political games...

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On 15 July 2014, French President Francois Hollande launched Operation Barkhane; a counter-terrorism force intended to hunt down terrorist groups in Sahel...

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