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Danes in Takuba in 2022

(B2) The Danish government has just confirmed this. The Kingdom of the Little Mermaid will participate well in the task force initiated by France in Mali. The Danes could, in a way, take over from the Swedes

Danish soldiers in training in Kenya (credit: Danish Army - Archive B2)

The Danish government confirmed on Thursday (April 8) that it agreed to send a military contribution to Task Force Takuba. The Foreign Policy Council approved it. This decision will still have to be approved in the Folketing (the Danish parliament). The Danish contingent, 105 strong (at most), will consist of special forces, a surgical unit and staff officers. Their role : " advise, support and accompany the Malian defense and security forces and enable them to deal with the threat of terrorist groups in the border area between Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso as defined by Defense Minister Trine Bramsen.

Fighting terrorism: a vital issue

« The threat of terrorism from the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda remains grave. They want to create an oasis in West Africa for their extremist regime of violence and death. This would be a serious security threat. This must not happen stressed Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod in a communicated. NB: Denmark will also make a C-130 type transport plane available to MINUSMA, the UN mission in Mali.

A country on the front line

It can be noted that Denmark is one of the countries most committed alongside the initiatives supported by France, whether in the Strait of Hormuz, within the EMASOH mission, or in the Gulf of Guinea against piracy. The Danes are also accustomed to tough fights. Engaged for a long time in the NATO stabilization operation in Afghanistan, it is the country which, in proportion to its population, has suffered the most losses (43 dead for a population of just under 6 million 'residents).

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

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).