n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - Dutch support boosts Mali peacekeeping mission - : West Africa - issue in focus

Volume 2013, Issue 12
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The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has received a boost to its force-projection and protection capabilities. The Dutch Government has announced that it will be contributing a contingent of troops along with four AH-64D Apache attack helicopters to the MINUSMA force. The aircraft belong to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) 301 Squadron, based at Gilze-Rijen Air Base, and are expected to arrive in the country at the end of 2013. The majority of these forces will apparently be used to gather, process and analyse intelligence, and to provide security for training operations, such as those conducted by the European Union Training Mission in Mali (EUTM Mali). MINUSMA can be broadly described as being tasked with preserving the peace and stability of Mali, in order to provide breathing space for the new government to be established and enact the necessary security sector reform to restore the capabilities of its military in the aftermath of the 2012 . To this end, the multinational force is reliant on a mandated force structure consisting of 12,500 uniformed personnel to provide security - although barely half of that number has, so far, been committed on the ground. France, which led the international intervention in January 2013 with , has retained a rapid response force of approximately 1,000 troops, which continues to mount operations against Islamist militants that still threaten the north of Mali.

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