Operation Newcombe is the UK’s support to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali. Personnel from the Light Dragoons and 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment are now deployed to the West African nation.
300 British troops are currently deployed and they have joined the United Nations peacekeeping mission to the country. It’s one of the most dangerous operations undertaken by the UN.
More than 200 peacekeepers have lost their lives there since the mission began eight years ago.
Mali is suffering from a rise in violent Islamist extremism as well as severe poverty.