Operation Barkhane: Joint hunt actions successfully hit terrorists’ groups in the Malian “Three Borders” zone.
From 10 to 29 April 2020, French Tactical Desert Air-Combat Group “Hombori” combined task force executed a roundup against armed terrorist groups in the Liptako – Gourma Malian region, in the “three borders” zone (Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger).
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The combat group “Hombori,” part of Operation Barkhane, deployed French mountain commandoes, transported on Caiman and Cougar helicopters, and escorted by two patrols of Tigre and Gazelle helicopters; A Reaper drone flew from Niamey (Niger) airbase delivered intelligence support to troops. British and Danish helicopters participated in the operation.
According to the French Defense Minister press release, the French commandoes, assisted by helicopters’ air support and logistics, and Reaper’s intelligence, have killed or wounded several terrorists and destroyed weapons, ammunition, and a dozen motorcycles.
Since November 2017, Operation Barkhane pursuits armed terrorist groups operating in the Liptako region, mainly ISGS (Islamic State in the Greater Sahara), Ansarul Islam, and Group to support Islam and Muslims (GSIM). Early in 2019, the French forces stretched their operational range to the Gourma region after the restoration of the Malian government in the Liptako with the appointment of a civil governor.