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Unique special operation held in Mali

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Last week like сообщает French news agency France Press, the details of a special operation unique to West Africa conducted by the French military against jihadists in the state of Mali became known.


Recall that for a long time, this country has suffered from political instability and civil war unleashed by several Islamist groups against government forces and the majority of the population.

In recent years, for the return of Mali and neighboring countries to the path of peaceful and stable development, the international community has finally managed to form a coalition built around the forces of the countries of the Big Five Sahel (G5 Sahel). In addition to the above alliance (Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad), a UN contingent operating in West Africa under the auspices of the UN Multidisciplinary Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), as well as parts of the French armed forces, joined the coalition.

Unique special operation held in Mali

Major jihadist groups affiliated with al-Qaeda (an international terrorist network banned in the Russian Federation)


And it was the French units that are the most effective and most serious military force among the contingents of the above coalition that carried out the operation in question against the Islamists in Mali.

According to the statement of the French army general, Francois Lecontere (F. Lecointre), who led the special operation, the French units launched an anti-terrorist raid on Thursday evening in the Mopti region.

The purpose of the planned strike was the identified fortified area of ​​the base of one of the units (“Katiba Massina”) of the banned international terrorist organization Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI). This formation of jihadists (the “brigade”) was named after the so-called “Massine Empire”, the jihadist “Khaldullahi Caliphate” that existed on the territory of modern Mali in 1818-1862, the center of which was the Mopti region.

In order to achieve the full surprise effect, French officers actively used data obtained by the French intelligence, while other international forces included in the antiterrorist coalition, as well as local Malian contingents, were not involved in the special operation.

Initially, a disguised fortified terrorist camp identified with the help of drones was struck from the air, in which both the same UAVs and Mirage-2000 aircraft, as well as Tiger and Gazelle combat helicopters participated. The latter also carried out air cover during the subsequent ground attack of the militant positions and were prepared for emergency evacuation of the wounded that might appear.


French special forces in Mali


After an air strike on the storming of the Islamist base, a unit of French special forces was deployed to the necessary area in order to ensure secrecy and speed on transport helicopters.

Due to the effect of surprise and the force of air strikes, jihadists in large numbers did not offer serious resistance and at the beginning of the ground assault they left their rather powerful fortifications. Only the most fanatical and violent of the Malian Islamic extremists tried to repel the assault, but did not succeed in this.

In total, at least 30 militants were destroyed on the territory of the “jihad base”; some of them just ran away. However, the command of the French forces decided not to pursue the fleeing single-handed, in a panic they threw most of their equipment and weapons.

There are no official data on losses among the French division, but, according to unofficial data, it is likely that we can talk about two lightly wounded.

The head of the Defense Ministry of France, Florence Parley, in an official communique published this week, noted the success of her soldiers, but the reaction of the participants of the special operation in Mali to the congratulations from the somewhat ambiguous perceived female defense minister among the French army is not known.
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  1. SSR
    SSR 1 December 2018 10: 20
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    30 “two hundredths” against two light “three hundredths”, strong.
    It seems that when the Americans carried out the so-called "black hawk" operation in Mogadishu, the losses were 18-20 versus 380-400 and 80 wounded versus 500.
    1. arhPavel
      arhPavel 1 December 2018 10: 34
      +5
      I am not an expert of course, but there is an opinion that the main losses were incurred
      struck from the air, in which both the same UAVs and Mirage-2000 aircraft participated, as well as Tiger and Gazelle combat helicopters

      And it is not clear what this point was like, how many militants there were before the attack.
      If there were 40 people, this is one, and if 400 is another.
      Well, in general, it is not clear what is the uniqueness of the operation?
      Air strike, bounce, capture.
      Tactics are not new.
      1. SSR
        SSR 1 December 2018 10: 53
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        Quote: arhPavel
        I'm not an expert of course, but there is an opinion

        It's my fault. An operation in the center of a big city and an operation "out there" are two different things. For my part, this assumption is taken from here.
        jihadists in significant mass did not show serious resistance and at the start of a ground attack left their rather powerful fortifications. Only the most fanatical and fierce of Malian Islamic extremists tried to beat off the assault

        That is, a significant part snapped, there was a ground attack, etc.)))
        1. Yasen Ping
          Yasen Ping 2 December 2018 16: 51
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          flinched and come back, they are not in the first))
  2. Alex Justice
    Alex Justice 1 December 2018 10: 32
    -4
    Well done! More such raids
  3. KVU-NSVD
    KVU-NSVD 1 December 2018 10: 32
    +9
    In total, at least 30 militants were destroyed on the territory of the “jihad base”; some of them just ran away. However, the command of the French forces decided not to pursue the fleeing single-handed, in a panic they threw most of their equipment and weapons.
    And is this the result after an airstrike and assault by special forces? I would not call this operation successful. Most of them fell off unhindered and will gather again very soon. And you can call it unique only from a great desire to be promoted.
  4. alekc75
    alekc75 1 December 2018 10: 33
    +1
    against 50-60, few forces were thrown, where are mirages with nuclear bombs where is the tank division ??? not enough froggers gathered forces!
    1. Nyrobsky
      Nyrobsky 1 December 2018 11: 21
      +1
      Quote: alekc75
      against 50-60, few forces were thrown, where are mirages with nuclear bombs where is the tank division ??? not enough froggers gathered forces!

      Well, these at least have worked on the earth themselves. The mattresses would be there for half a day, this base and the entire adjacent territory, along with civilians, were being bombed by air, and the mercenaries were driven to clean up.
  5. seregatara1969
    seregatara1969 1 December 2018 11: 11
    +1
    however, they can conduct active hostilities against barmaley whenever they want!
    1. Mikhail Matyugin
      Mikhail Matyugin 1 December 2018 13: 23
      +3
      Quote: seregatara1969
      however, they can conduct active hostilities against barmaley whenever they want!

      This has always been known, but only rarely do their governments give the go-ahead to fight the "barmaley" for real, more often on the contrary, "humanitarian help".
  6. Lesorub
    Lesorub 1 December 2018 15: 59
    +4
    Unique special operation held in Mali

    The French in Mali are like at home)), I don't see anything "unique" in this special operation - first a powerful bombardment, after a sweep by special forces - what's unique here ???