Mali - Barkhane and Minusma
The Danish Armed Forces has supported both the UN peacekeeping mission and a French-led operation against terrorism in the large West African country of Mali.
Danish helicopters at a landing site in Mali. Photo: Press Officer Barkhane / Danish Armed Forces
From the end of 2019 to the end of 2020, the Armed Forces contributed with two transport helicopters and up to approx. 70 people for the French-led Operation Barkhane. The operation is part of the international effort against terrorism in the Sahel region. The Sahel region includes Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.
The two helicopters were of the type EH101 Merlin. The 70 people included crews and support staff.
The helicopters were located in a French camp in Gao, located in eastern Mali.
The tasks for the transport helicopter contribution included the transport of troops and equipment deployed in Operation Barkhane as well as forces supported by Operation Barkhane, including soldiers from the so-called G5 Sahel Joint Force, which includes soldiers from Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad.
The tasks also included reconnaissance of routes to obtain information. The contribution could be deployed throughout Operation Barkhane's area of operations, but the helicopters flew primarily in Mali.
Denmark also contributed staff officers to the French operation.
Period of timeFra 2014