British troops shoot dead Isis jihadis in Mali

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British troops come under attack on a UN mission in Mali, killing jihadists who are believed to be ISIS fighters – a country facing a fierce insurgency and political turmoil among rival international powers.

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The killing of two gunmen by regular UK forces was the first since Afghanistan in 2014, and highlighted the dangers in a conflict that spread to states in the Sahel, becoming the fastest growing Islamist insurgency in the world.

The United Nations mission, which has been described as the most dangerous peacekeeping operation currently taking place, is accompanied by an anti-terrorist operation led by France.


The conflict between British forces and Islamists took place in a remote area in the east of the country, where soldiers of the Queen’s Dragoon Guards were on an operation to find alternative routes for those who have come under repeated roadside bombardments.

Gunmen carrying a Russian-made PKN machine-gun and a Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle opened fire on soldiers in Jackal armored vehicles on a track between the towns of Indelimon, where a Malian army base had been captured by Islamists and Maneka . a regional centre.

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British troops from the Long Range Reconnaissance Group chased the two gunmen before returning fire in a 20-minute exchange with a GPMG (general purpose machine gun) and 40 mm grenade machine gun, which began at a distance of ten metres, right. Wednesday morning after 10.

British troops, contingents from the Queen’s Dragoon Guards and the Royal Anglian Regiment, are participating in Operation Newcomb under the United Nations Rules of Engagement which allows appropriate action in self-defense. During the confrontation, Britain’s military says it was supposed to detain two gunmen who fired more than a hundred rounds.

The region is in the far east, with UK troops being one of the areas of focus to help the United Nations investigate atrocities committed by armed groups as part of expanding their role in the ten-month mission.

UK Commanding Officer Lt Col Will Meddings said: “Today’s action truly demonstrates what the UK is bringing to the United Nations’ most dangerous peacekeeping mission – a long-range force that seeks not only those harming civilians But it also works.

“Such consequences come from patrolling great distances, day and night, in places where the ISGS (Islamic State in Greater Sahara) feels they have the freedom to extort and kill, and they have to prove that they cannot act with impunity.”

ISGS leader Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahraoui was killed last month by French forces leading the counter-terrorism war. As well as becoming a haven for ISIS, Mali and neighboring al-Qaeda, jihadist leaders announced they had been activated by the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

However, Emmanuel Macron has announced that with the end of Operation Barkhane, the number of French troops will be drastically cut.

The military regime that ran Mali after two coups in nine months has accused the French of “lack of consultation” and “leaving us in the middle of a fight”. They are said to be negotiating a $10.7m per month deal with the Russian mercenary company, the Wagner Group, to replace the French.

France and Germany have warned they will reconsider their military commitment to Mali if the deal with the company, which is owned by an ally of Vladimir Putin and accused of committing atrocities in several countries, goes ahead. In London, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has also expressed deep concern over the possible involvement of the Wagner Group.


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