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A severe defeat of the Malian forces (v2)

(B2) The Malian Armed Forces (FAMA) suffered a substantial defeat in the Mopti region at the end of September beginning of October. One of the most serious attacks of recent years which recalls the worst hours of 2012

Significant losses in the FAMA

A Malian detachment at the Mondoro post and a FAMA company of the G5 Sahel joint force in the Boulkessy camp were attacked during the night from Sunday to Monday September 30, at 1 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. respectively (according to the Malian staff) . Very close to Burkina-Faso in the Mopti region. The results: At least 25 deaths among the FAMA and at least 60 soldiers are missing. Fifteen jihadists also died. (Update) The toll was revised upwards on Thursday to 38 deaths.

The rebels in control for two days

The attackers took control of the camp for more than two days. It was ultimately only on Wednesday that the forces 'regained' most of the control. “ The Boulkessy camp was recovered by the Malian army, following heavy fighting says a statement from the FAMA published yesterday Wednesday (October 2). " The enemy was forced to retreat. »

Barkhane’s intervention necessary

The Malians only owed their salvation to the intervention of the Barkhane force, on land and in the air. The French first deployed “ a patrol of Mirage 2000, as well as Tiger helicopters, on the sites of the attacks » indicates the army general staff. The Barkhane force’s support for the Malian armed forces was “ extended, again by flights of helicopters and fighters, until the re-establishment of the Malian system ". This requires substantial intervention.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).