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Malian Armed Forces

malian armed forcesLocation: Bamako

Type: Military

Mali have suffered the threat of Islamist extremists, that continue to pose a significant hazard to the peace and stability of the country.

In order to manage this threat, the Malian Armed Forces have received training from the European Union Training Mission in Mali. At the old Malian military academy at Koulikoro, just outside Bamako, there are now more than 400 soldiers from 22 different EU countries who are there to aid Mali and build their capabilities The training has focused on CIED techniques and tactics. Many of those training the Malian forces are passing on CIED lessons learnt from Afghanistan.

UNMAS has operated Mali since 2013 and have worked to improve Malian Armed Forces capability to cope with explosive threats. As part of this training some have also completed courses at the CPADD in Benin. Training has included EOD techniques and tactics, as well as awareness raising amongst the troops.

Stockpile management training was provided by the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD).

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.