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Re: Mali (merged - Canada's mission, sitreps, etc.)
« Reply #425 on: March 13, 2013, 21:55:53 »
More bling for the Air Force. :)

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Re: Mali (merged - Canada's mission, sitreps, etc.)
« Reply #426 on: March 13, 2013, 22:05:16 »
More bling for the Air Force. :)

They'll make a special hanger to wear it on their fleece jacket.  :stirpot:

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PM: C-17 will remain "as long as needed"
« Reply #427 on: March 14, 2013, 10:38:50 »
Postmedia News and CBC are tweeting that the PM says "C17 transport plane will remain in Mali as long as it's needed," with "Future role still TBD".

Edited to add excerpt from the joint Canada-France statement:
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.... We reaffirm our strong commitment to defend international security and fight terrorism. In response to a request from the Malian authorities, France intervened to restore the territorial integrity of Mali and counter the offensive launched by AQIM and its allies. France thanks Canada for the significant logistical support it has provided and for its contribution to joint actions aimed at strengthening security in the region. A long-lasting solution in Mali requires a political process, including the organization of democratic elections and dialogue on national reconciliation. France and Canada intend to continue to contribute as leading partners to Mali’s long-term development ....
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Re: Mali (merged - Canada's mission, sitreps, etc.)
« Reply #428 on: March 14, 2013, 21:58:00 »
I am assuming they rotate aircraft and crews to spread the hours around?

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Re: Mali (merged - Canada's mission, sitreps, etc.)
« Reply #429 on: March 15, 2013, 12:08:13 »
A RIP at 31 days to spread the wealth amongst airframes, would be my guess. Crew hours can't be too bad....France to Bamako is about a 4 hr flight.

I am sure the French hotels, serving wine and other finery, is a real drain on thier morale too.
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Re: Mali (merged - Canada's mission, sitreps, etc.)
« Reply #431 on: April 09, 2013, 15:41:17 »
I couldn't make this one up ....
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Malian authorities will give French President Francois Hollande another camel after the one they gave him in thanks for helping repel Islamist rebels was killed and eaten by the family he left it with in Timbuktu, an official in Mali said.

A local government official in northern Mali said on Tuesday a replacement would be sent to France.

"As soon as we heard of this, we quickly replaced it with a bigger and better-looking camel," said the official, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

"The new camel will be sent to Paris. We are ashamed of what happened to the camel. It was a present that did not deserve this fate."

Hollande was presented with the camel when he visited Mali in February several weeks after dispatching French troops to the former colony to help combat al Qaeda-linked fighters moving south from a base in the north of the country.

The president joked at the time about using the camel to get around traffic-jammed Paris. But he chose in the end to leave it with a family in the town on the edge of the Sahara desert.

Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was tasked with giving Hollande regular updates on the camel's status and had to inform him of its death last week, French media said ....
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Re: Mali (merged - Canada's mission, sitreps, etc.)
« Reply #432 on: April 09, 2013, 16:46:06 »
I hope they let it wander through the halls of power, then he can say "sorry the Camel ate the budget....."

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Re: Mali (merged - Canada's mission, sitreps, etc.)
« Reply #433 on: April 09, 2013, 19:31:22 »
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Re: Mali (merged - Canada's mission, sitreps, etc.)
« Reply #434 on: June 19, 2013, 13:17:46 »
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Mali's government has signed a peace deal with Tuareg rebels to help pave the way for elections next month.

The accord calls for an immediate ceasefire and for government troops to return to the rebel-held northern town of Kidal, officials said.

The rebels captured Kidal after a French-led offensive forced militant Islamists out of the town in February.

The Tuaregs have been fighting for autonomy in the north since Mali gained independence from France in 1960.

They say they are marginalised by the government in the capital, Bamako.

French President Francois Hollande, announcing the deal after the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, said the agreement paved the way for a presidential election across Mali, including in Kidal.

'Secular state'
 
The main rebel group which signed the accord, National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), had formed an alliance with al-Qaeda-linked militants to seize the north in 2012.

But the alliance quickly crumbled, and the Islamists took control of the MNLA's strongholds.

Government and MNLA negotiators reached the deal after nearly two weeks of talks brokered by Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore in the Burkina capital, Ouagadougou.

The army had threatened to seize Kidal if no agreement was reached.

Malian government representative Tiebile Drame said the two sides had overcome their greatest differences.

"I think we can say that the biggest task is finished. We have agreed on the essentials," AP news agency quoted him as saying ....
BBC, 18 Jun 13

From the attached analysis:
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.... This is not an overall peace deal putting an end to a rebellion that started a year-and-a-half ago. This is an agreement that is meant to allow a presidential election to go ahead next month everywhere in Mali, including Kidal, which is still controlled by Tuareg fighters.

But then, what happens after the election? Tuareg rebels insist this deal will allow them to keep their weapons while they are being garrisoned. Disarmament will only be discussed after a new president is elected, allowing much broader peace talks to take place to address the rebels' grievances.

Tuareg rebels have agreed to be committed to peace; they aren't laying down their weapons yet.
Still, small steps - we'll see how it goes.
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Re: Mali (merged - Canada's mission, sitreps, etc.)
« Reply #435 on: June 19, 2013, 14:09:06 »
This is not going to end well.

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Re: Mali (merged - Canada's mission, sitreps, etc.)
« Reply #436 on: June 19, 2013, 15:33:17 »
The Tuareg are the key to this area, in the end I suspect it will be semi-autonomous anyways. The Tuareg should be taking lessons from the Kurd s. Mali has enough problem without trying to forcefully control this area.   

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« Reply #437 on: July 01, 2013, 08:10:50 »
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The United Nations is beginning its military mission in Mali by bringing the 6,000 West African troops already in the country under its command.

By December it will reach full strength with 12,640 uniformed personnel.

The UN will take over security duties from the French forces which led an operation to oust Islamist militants from the north in January.

Its first mission will be to secure the north so that Mali can hold a presidential election on 28 July.

Taking advantage of a coup in March 2012, an al-Qaeda group and its allies took control of the north of Mali, including major cities such as Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu where they imposed a strict form of Islamic law.

France decided to intervene after the militants threatened to march on the capital, Bamako.

Since January, about 4,000 French troops, with the help of Malian and West African soldiers, have gained control of the vast desert region's main towns and cities, but some Islamist militants have been leading guerrilla-style attacks ....
BBC, 1 Jul 13
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Re: Mali (merged - Canada's mission, sitreps, etc.)
« Reply #438 on: July 01, 2013, 09:30:20 »
Thought I would include a bit more:

From French MND http://www.defense.gouv.fr/operations/mali/actualite/serval-rearticulation-du-dispositif

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Mise à jour : 22/05/2013 21:39
Le 20 mai 2013 à Gao, a eu lieu le transfert d’autorité entre le Groupement tactique interarmes numéro 2 (GTIA 2) et le GTIA Désert. Le colonel Eric Ozanne, chef de corps du 2e régiment étranger d’infanterie (2e REI) a ainsi succédé au colonel Bruno Bert, chef de corps du 92e régiment d’infanterie (92e RI).

 
Au cours de la cérémonie, le général Laurent KOLODZIEJ, commandant la brigade Serval a félicité les « Gaulois » du 92eRI ainsi que toutes ses unités subordonnées pour l’excellent travail accompli dès les premières heures de l’opération.

Initialement, la brigade Serval comptait 3 GTIA. Avec la réarticulation du dispositif, un unique GTIA arme désormais la brigade Serval. Ce dernier est désormais baptisé « Désert ».

Le GTIA Désert est composé d’unités provenant principalement de la 6e Brigade légère blindée (6e BLB) : un état-major tactique et une compagnie d’infanterie sur VAB du 2eREI, une compagnie VBCI du 1er Tirailleurs (1erRTIR), une compagnie de combat du génie, un détachement de Fouille Opérationnelle Spécialisée (FOS) et une Equipe Opérationnelle de Déminage (EOD) du 1er Régiment étranger de génie, d’un escadron blindé monté sur AMX 10-RC du 1er Régiment étranger de cavalerie et d’un groupement artillerie composé CAESAR de 155mm et de mortiers de 120mm.

L’ensemble de ces unités opéreront, en vue de faciliter le déploiement sur le terrain de la MISMA, puis de la MINUSMA, ainsi que les forces armées maliennes accompagnées par la mission de l’Union européenne EUTM.

Sources : EMA
Droits : Ministère de la Défense

France will leave a group of forces in Mali called the Groupe Tactique Interarmes Desert consisting of the following:

Headquarters and Command of the 2e Régiment Étranger d'Infanterie (2e REI)
1er Régiment Étranger de Cavalerie (1er REC), one troop with AMX 10 RC
1er Régiment de Tirailleurs (1er RTIR), one company with VBCI
2e Régiment Étranger d'Infanterie (2e REI), one company with VAB
3e Régiment d'Artillerie de Marine (3e RAMa), a mixed unit armed with CAESAR self-propelled 155mm howitzers and 120mm mortars deployed
1er Régiment Étranger de Génie (1er REG), one sapper company, one EOD squad

They will remain in the area to conduct further combat operations and provide support to MISMA, MINUSMA and EUTM Mali missions as well as the Malian Army.

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Re: Mali (merged - Canada's mission, sitreps, etc.)
« Reply #439 on: July 03, 2013, 11:24:48 »
That's still a substantial QRF, I can see as the Islamist start to focus in an area, the QRF will go there, pound them for a bit and withdraw. The local forces and UN will provide a base level of security. The key to this working is good intel.

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Re: Mali (merged - Canada's mission, sitreps, etc.)
« Reply #440 on: July 03, 2013, 11:27:41 »
.....UN ........good intel.
         :rofl:

Oh, you were serious.   :-[
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France to cut troops in Mali, says "Mission Accomplished" there
« Reply #441 on: January 08, 2014, 20:09:36 »
Defense News

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France To Cut Troops In Mali, Says Mission Accomplished
Jan. 8, 2014 - 06:09PM   |   By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

CREIL, FRANCE — France will cut its troops in Mali to 1,600 by the middle of next month from the current level of 2,500, President Francois Hollande said Wednesday.

Speaking at an airbase in Creil in northern France, Hollande said the “situation is well under control” in Mali, where the “key objectives of the mission have been accomplished.”

“The troop size will be reduced from about 2,500 at present to 1,600 and then to 1,000 which is the number necessary to fight any threat that might resurface as these terrorist groups are still present in northern Mali,” the president said.

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Terrorists attack Mali hotel full of foreigners
« Reply #442 on: November 20, 2015, 11:43:23 »
Another ISIS-affiliated group?

Associated Press

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Islamic extremists attack hotel in Mali's capital that was full of foreigners

By Harouna Traore And Baba Ahmed, The Associated Press | The Canadian Press

BAMAKO, Mali - Islamic extremists armed with guns and throwing grenades stormed the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital Friday morning, killing at least three people and initially taking numerous hostages, authorities said.

The Brussels-based Rezidor Hotel group that operates the hotel said early on that the assailants had "locked in" 140 guests and 30 employees.

Malian troops reacted quickly. As people ran for their lives near the hotel along a dirt road, the soldiers in full combat gear pointed the way to safety. Within hours, local TV images showed heavily armed troops in what appeared to be a lobby area.

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Re: Mali (merged - Canada's mission, sitreps, etc.)
« Reply #443 on: November 20, 2015, 13:18:10 »
AQ affiliate.The hotel assault by Malian and French SF was successful but not without casualties I am afraid.Two US SF who had been attending a meeting at the US embassy joined the assault to help rescue american hostages.It could have been alot worse.

http://news.yahoo.com/shooting-under-way-radisson-hotel-bamako-afp-085446175.html#

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Re: Africa in Crisis- The Merged Superthread
« Reply #444 on: June 01, 2016, 21:59:49 »
Wherever could such peacekeepers come from, pray tell?
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked the Security Council to add just over 2,500 peacekeepers to the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, which has been hit by a series of deadly attacks, according to a new U.N. report.

Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility on Wednesday for an attack a day earlier on two U.N. sites in northern Mali where a peacekeeper from China and three civilians were killed and over a dozen others were wounded.

Ban's report to the 15-nation Security Council, issued Tuesday and seen by Reuters on Wednesday, calls for increasing the maximum number of U.N. soldiers in Mali by 2,049 personnel, which would raise the force's authorized strength to 13,289.

The report said the additional troops should bring capabilities such as intelligence gathering and surveillance, explosive disposal and protecting supply convoys ...
Meanwhile ...
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Re: Mali (Cdn mission/s, sitreps, etc. - merged)
« Reply #445 on: November 24, 2016, 06:43:54 »
Bumped with the latest:  Op BARKHANE becomes Op FREQUENCE:
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The Canadian Armed Forces conducted their first flight under Operation FREQUENCE, providing airlift support to France’s operations in West Africa and the Sahel region.

On November 20, 2016, a Royal Canadian Air Force CC-177 Globemaster strategic airlifter transported personnel and equipment from France to West Africa and the Sahel region.

Canada has provided airlift support to France, an important Ally, in the past. Op FREQUENCE is the most recent Canadian contribution to stability and security in this region.

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    “The CAF airlift contribution to operations in West Africa and the Sahel region demonstrates our readiness in bringing valuable capabilities in support to regional and international security and stability.”

    Lieutenant-General Stephen Bowes, Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command
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Re: Mali (Cdn mission/s, sitreps, etc. - merged)
« Reply #446 on: January 27, 2017, 06:06:08 »
An editorial (shared under the Fair Dealing provisions of the Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42)) ...
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François Hollande, the French President, visited Mali earlier this month, just a few days before Islamist terrorists carried out a particularly savage attack in that central African country.

That ought to be a vivid reminder of the risks that the Trudeau government may be taking before long in Mali, too. The Liberal Party promised in its election platform to revive Canadian peacekeeping, and it is now expected that the government will send as many as 600 troops to Mali this year to support a beleaguered United Nations mission there.

They will be walking into a war zone. The jihadi terrorist attack in the northern part of Mali killed more than 70 people at a camp housing pro-government forces. Last year, at least 17 UN peacekeepers were killed in terrorist attacks; 68 have been killed since the mission began in 2013.

The UN mission to Mali is not the peacekeeping of old, in which troops wearing blue helmets kept warring factions apart but were largely insulated from any fighting. In northern Mali, there are at least five terrorist groups in operation, and they are happy to target anyone they associate with the government.

As well, a chief aspect of the UN mission is to protect civilians, which means personnel are allowed to conduct pre-emptive strikes against militants. But few, if any, of the Canadians would be experienced in this semi-desert warfare – this country’s fraught mission to Afghanistan would be the closest equivalent.

President Hollande’s commitment to Mali is rooted in the former French empire in Africa. Canadian companies do have mining interests in Mali, but that has little or nothing to do with the notion of Canadian military personnel in that country.

Canada may be on the verge of putting many of our soldiers in harm’s way in a country where we don’t have an interest that would merit such a move. In fact, the only discernible motivation is Ottawa’s desire to re-establish Canada as a peacekeeping nation, after the previous government backed away from that role.

How many young Canadians will have to die or be injured in order to fulfill this election promise? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan should exercise real caution, rather than getting too caught up in uplifting notions.

... and a letter to the editor (scroll down):
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Who is sent to war

Re On Mali, Proceed With Extreme Caution (editorial, Jan. 24): The best test of the justification for sending troops into areas of high risk is whether the people who propose to send them believe the cause is worthy of risking their own or their children’s lives. In the two world wars, Canada’s elites, like those of most allied countries, did not stint in enlisting and encouraging their children to enlist. How often does this happen today?

In Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, and now perhaps Mali, the Canadian political and foreign policy establishment sent Canadian men and women into battle without risking much more than a spilled drink at the Rideau Club. Unlike the days of, say, the Spanish Civil War, sympathetic intellectuals volunteer only for CBC panel duty. If a cause isn’t worthy of risking the lives of our best and brightest, then it isn’t worthy of risking any of our lives.

To argue otherwise – isn’t risk what soldiers sign on for? – is to treat our Canadian servicemen and women as nothing more than expendable mercenaries.

Michael Bliss, historian, Toronto
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