The European Task Force Takuba is officially created and should be deployed in Mali this summer

Since the first years of the Malian conflict, France has sought to train its European allies alongside it. Indeed, Paris regularly reminds that security of the Sahelo-Saharan strip is a common matter, since widespread chaos in the region would lead to a resurgence of irregular immigration but also of terrorist attacks perpetrated against European interests, and not only French.

If several partners have deployed some soldier and equipment in Mali or Niger, including heavy helicopters , France remains the main European nation engaged alongside the countries of the G5 Sahel : Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania. Almost a year ago, however, the French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly asked European countries to deploy their special forces in the Sahel in order to participate in the training of local soldiers. In November 2019, the project had taken shape: the European grouping of special forces will be called Takuba (Saber in one of the local languages) and will be deployed in Mali starting from 2020. The SF operators sent in the Sahel will be responsible for part of the training of local military personnel, as it has now become common in the area. On the other hand, they will have to accompany the Malian armed forces in order to teach them to better hold the ground, directly in contact with the enemy.

The training of local forces is already an integral part of the missions carried out by French regular troops and special forces deployed in the Sahel.

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