UK extends commitment to fighting extremism in Mali
The UK MoD has extended its commitment to supporting the fight against extremism and terrorism in the Sahel region according to a 12 June statement.
Three RAF CH-47D Chinook helicopters and 100 personnel will remain in Mali to support French counterterrorism operations until additional troops arrive later this year.
An additional 250 British personnel will be deployed to Gao to support the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the West African country. This will include troops from the Light Dragoons and the Royal Anglican Regiment who will provide long range reconnaissance capabilities whilst offering a greater awareness of possible threats to both military and civilians.
James Heappey, Minister for the Armed Forces, said: ‘Combating extremism in the Sahel is vital for the security of the wider region and the UK will play it’s part tackling the declining security situation.’
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