Canadian Forces Arrives in Mali to join MINUSMA

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Canadian Forces Arrives in Mali to join MINUSMA

By IndraStra Global News Team

Image Attribute: Canadian Griffon helicopter (Reuters/Canada Department of National Defence/M. McGregor)

 Image Attribute: Canadian Griffon helicopter (Reuters/Canada Department of National Defence/M. McGregor)

A dozen "Canadian Armed Forces" members part of a "theatre activation team" flew into an isolated United Nations' base in the strife-riven African nation of Mali - to join Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (also known as MINUSMA) and begin work on Canada's year-long commitment to help bring peace and stability. The team arrived ahead of the others to do the necessary reconnaissance and logistics planning for incoming forces.

In total, Canadians will deploy 250 personnel and operate an aviation task force which will be composed of two Chinook transport helicopters and four Griffon armed escort helicopters. They are replacing German and Belgian forces in an area near Gao, where its helicopters will serve in a support role.

Since the mission began in April 2013 as a part of French-led counterterrorism efforts in the region, in total, 169 MINUSMA peacekeepers have been killed, making it one of the organization's deadliest peacekeeping missions to date. 

Canadian soldiers are committed for one-year to support MINUSMA.

The Rise of Assymetric and other Attacks

In the latest report, "Situation in Mali - Report of the Secretary-General June 2018" - various armed groups conducted 44 attacks during the reporting period: 18 against the Malian defense and security forces, 12 against MINUSMA, 3 against MINUSMA contractors, 8 against signatory armed groups, 1 against Operation Barkhane and 1 against both MINUSMA and Operation Barkhane. The highest number of attacks was carried out in Mopti (13), followed by Kidal (10), Gao (7), Timbuktu (5), Ségou (5) and Ménaka (4). 

The Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims - Jama'a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin' (JNIM) was very active in the Gao, Kidal, and Timbuktu regions and claimed most of the asymmetric attacks conducted during the reporting period. During the reporting period, 4 peacekeepers were killed and 24 injured, whereas 4 peacekeepers were killed and 12 injured in the previous reporting period.

Six MINUSMA contractors were killed, compared with one in the previous reporting period. Ten Operation Barkhane forces were injured, and two were reportedly killed and three injured in the previous reporting period. 

Map Attribute: MINUSMA Deployment June 2018 / Situation in Mali  Report of the Secretary-General
Map Attribute: Annex II - MINUSMA Deployment June 2018 / Situation in Mali - Report of the Secretary-General June 2018

With reporting by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Global News Canada, and Reuters.