This Tuesday, January 26, the Malian army announced “a hundred neutralized terrorists, twenty captured and several motorcycles and war material seized” during the “Eclipse” operation carried out from January 2 to 20. by the Mali Army and the French Barkhane Force. “This operation was directed drive the enemy out of their refuge areas“according to the press release.
It is part of a sequence “very ambitious that lasted almost two months“stressed French Colonel Jean Baptiste, commander of the Groupement tactique de Désert 1 (Lamy) of Operation Barkhane, quoted in the press release of the Malian army.” The first part consisted of training together to get to know each other better on the ground in order to evolve between brothers in arms, “he said, according to the statement.
“The second was to find terrorists in the Malian Gourma to the border with Burkinabé. “The region where the operation took place serves as a training and reserve area for various groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqmi) or its rival, the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (EIGS).