300 UN Peacekeepers, three mighty Chinooks and two different operations make up the UK Armed Forces’ contribution towards peace in Mali.
The situation in Mali is complex. In 2012 an armed conflict broke out when rebel forces consisting of Al-Qaeda-linked affiliates attempted to form a new state in the north of the country.
As a result, France launched military operations in 2013 to restore peace and stability. The UK Armed Forces have contributed to security operations there since.
This activity involves providing logistical support to the French counter-terror operation but fast-forward to 2020 and the codename encompasses two complementary operations.