The British Army say that the second UK taskforce to deploy to the United Nations Peacekeeping Operation in Mali is undertaking its final mission rehearsal exercise before deploying.
The United Nations Peacekeeping Operation is known as MINUSMA (Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission). Its aim is to protect civilians and build a sustainable peace.
The British Army say that the troops are not there to take the fight to the extremist enemy but, if required, “the taskforce is well-experienced and equipped to react to threats and defend themselves”.
“The Desert Rats follow in the footsteps of The Light Dragoons-led taskforce who received a welcome reaction from the local population, with some of the locals asking them “to stay forever.”
Lieutenant Colonel Will Meddings, the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment who will lead the second deploying taskforce said:
“The first taskforce is already showing the positive impact the British Army can have. The Royal Anglian taskgroup will deliver even more – patrolling further, and for longer, than most other nations in Mali.
This month we’ve proved we can operate for weeks in the field, and I’m proud to be bringing such a capable taskgroup to join the United Nations, building stability and helping protect civilians from violence.”