Operation Barkhane is a French force of 3,000, that are stationed in Chad’s capital N’Djamena. Part of this force are based in permanent support in Gao, Mali. The operation is part of counter insurgent operations Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Mauritania, in an effort by the French forces to assist in counter terrorism operations, due to their historic tie with the region.
The French provide support to the local forces and assist in capacity building efforts to help tackle terrorism and terrorist-related activities.
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.
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