Bamako (UNA-OIC) – The European Union deployed Wednesday its EU joint Special Operations Forces in Mali to back the West African country’s forces in the fight against terrorist groups.
Malian news press, AMAP, quoted French Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly as saying that around 100 French and Estonian troops will initially make up the force dubbed Takuba. She added that a second contingent of around 60 Czech soldiers will deploy in October, to be followed by some 150 Swedish troops in January 2021.
t is noteworthy that the African Sahel region is seeing increased attacks by terrorist groups despite the beefing up of national armies and the deployment of 5,100 French anti-terrorism troops.
According to the United Nations, terrorist and inter-ethnic violence in Mali and neighboring Niger and Burkina Faso killed at least 4,000 people in 2019.