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France stays the course in the Sahel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...


Joint Standing Committee on Defence shows short memory span

Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) publicly acknowledged the “exceptional leadership” of outgoing SA National Defence Force (SANDF) Chief General Solly Shoke last...