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Opération Serval - Mali.

France is now clearly in a « pass the bucket » phase regarding the stabilisation of the Sahel.

The upcoming elections in France in 2022, the dodgy dealings of the Malian Government which is negociating with terrorist groups (negociations that led to the freeing of over 200 terrorists in late 2020 with associated rise in French casualties) and general lack of encouraging perspective are leading French authorities to move on to another phase.

Like in other theaters before, after the initial phase, the surge phase, we are likely to soon move to the « malianisation » phase where French forces will be mostly involved in operational partnership with G5 Sahel forces.

Within this frame, the French and Ivoirian authorities have developped a CT school based close to Abidjan called the AILCT (CT International academy).

The AILCT is based on 3 pilars ; a school for MoI, MoD and MoJ executives, a training camp for special units and a strategic research institute.

The French DCSD which is in charge of cooperation has released a Tweet yesterday which shows how advanced the project already is with a number of very interesting training sites that have already been used for CT and sniping courses. There are pictures of the infrastructures in the below Tweet.

French SF and GIGN units provide the instructors and the target audience are G5 Sahel and Gulf of Guinea nations' special units i order to improve their capabilities .



A video of Côte d’Ivoire units training on the AILCT site (Ivoirian TV journal) giving a glimpse of the training opportunities

 
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France is now clearly in a « pass the bucket » phase regarding the stabilisation of the Sahel.

The upcoming elections in France in 2022, the dodgy dealings of the Malian Government which is negociating with terrorist groups (negociations that led to the freeing of over 200 terrorists in late 2020 with associated rise in French casualties) and general lack of encouraging perspective are leading French authorities to move on to another phase.

Like in other theaters before, after the initial phase, the surge phase, we are likely to soon move to the « malianisation » phase where French forces will be mostly involved in operational partnership with G5 Sahel forces.

Within this frame, the French and Ivoirian authorities have developped a CT school based close to Abidjan called the AILCT (CT International academy).

The AILCT is based on 3 pilars ; a school for MoI, MoD and MoJ executives, a training camp for special units and a strategic research institute.

The French DCSD which is in charge of cooperation has released a Tweet yesterday which shows how advanced the project already is with a number of very interesting training sites that have already been used for CT and sniping courses. There are pictures of the infrastructures in the below Tweet.

French SF and GIGN units provide the instructors and the target audience are G5 Sahel and Gulf of Guinea nations' special units i order to improve their capabilities .



A video of Côte d’Ivoire units training on the AILCT site (Ivoirian TV journal) giving a glimpse of the training opportunities

Nice rendering of a Sykes-Fairbairn on the AILCT badge. :)
 
An excellent small STOL capable aircraft for operating from improvised desert airstrips. I have personal experience of the great work done by experienced bush pilots working for Zimex Aviation (a Swiss company) who supported many oil companies in remote locations in the Algerian Sahara in the nineties with such aircraft.
Though it might be a bit low/slow for pilots likings wrt ground fire, it is awesome on Bush airstrips.

However, I still love twin otters more....
 
However, I still love twin otters more....

They are also available....

;-)

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France is now clearly in a « pass the bucket » phase regarding the stabilisation of the Sahel.

The upcoming elections in France in 2022, the dodgy dealings of the Malian Government which is negociating with terrorist groups (negociations that led to the freeing of over 200 terrorists in late 2020 with associated rise in French casualties) and general lack of encouraging perspective are leading French authorities to move on to another phase.

Like in other theaters before, after the initial phase, the surge phase, we are likely to soon move to the « malianisation » phase where French forces will be mostly involved in operational partnership with G5 Sahel forces.

Within this frame, the French and Ivoirian authorities have developped a CT school based close to Abidjan called the AILCT (CT International academy).

The AILCT is based on 3 pilars ; a school for MoI, MoD and MoJ executives, a training camp for special units and a strategic research institute.

The French DCSD which is in charge of cooperation has released a Tweet yesterday which shows how advanced the project already is with a number of very interesting training sites that have already been used for CT and sniping courses. There are pictures of the infrastructures in the below Tweet.

French SF and GIGN units provide the instructors and the target audience are G5 Sahel and Gulf of Guinea nations' special units i order to improve their capabilities .



A video of Côte d’Ivoire units training on the AILCT site (Ivoirian TV journal) giving a glimpse of the training opportunities


Whilst not doubting the enthusiasm of the soldiers from Côte d'Ivoire, if they trot out the same drills in contact as they did for the cameras, then their casualty rate is going to be rather high . . .
 
The first Explosive Detection doggy has been deployed by the UK as part of OP NEWCOMBE.

A quick point on persec. This link and an accompanying post has been posted on FB and is set to public. Just before anyone slate's me for posting.

 
The first Explosive Detection doggy has been deployed by the UK as part of OP NEWCOMBE.

A quick point on persec. This link and an accompanying post has been posted on FB and is set to public. Just before anyone slate's me for posting.

I think persec must have kicked in as I only have a blank white oblong on my screen or it could be I don't have the required security access.
 
Like in other theaters before, after the initial phase, the surge phase, we are likely to soon move to the « malianisation » phase where French forces will be mostly involved in operational partnership with G5 Sahel forces
Let's just hope we don't get to the 'last helicopter on the embassy roof' phase.
 
One of the soldier who was part of the VBCI crew which put itself between an SVBIED and a soft skinned convoy it was escorting tell it how it happened.

(Google translate)

 
One of the soldier who was part of the VBCI crew which put itself between an SVBIED and a soft skinned convoy it was escorting tell it how it happened.

(Google translate)


I can see their balls from here....
 
15 EKIA and 4 captured by Op Barkhane last week end in the Boulikessi area.

The players were a FAF MQ-9, Tigre and NH 90 helicopters and GCM (Mountain commandos).

Were a "Bride and Groom" among them? ;)
 

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