Preparing the Second Taskgroup for Mali - 2nd Battalion

The 2nd Battalion led UK taskgroup for Mali is preparing to deploy under the command of the Commanding Officer – Lieutenant Colonel Will Medding. He 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.”

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 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.

Also deploying with the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment are troops from 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards. Both units are part of 7th Infantry Brigade (the Desert Rats). Specialist support includes an Explosive Ordinance Disposal capability provided by 35 Engineer Regiment and medical support from 3 Medical Regiment.

The Mission Rehearsal Exercise tested the future UK Peacekeepers on a variety of life-like scenarios they may face in-country. This included meeting with villagers to understand the situation and gather information.

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