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The Takuba Task Force in a nutshell

(B2) Declared fully operational at the end of March, the Takuba task force is currently installed in two locations mainly

Most of the Takuba task force is based in Ménaka. Are located:

  • the force headquarters with officers from eight countries (France, Estonia, Czech Republic, Sweden, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal);
  • the 2nd Franco-Czech task group with Malian ULRI No. 2;
  • the Swedish rapid reaction force (vehicles, men, helicopters);
  • the protection force armed by the French;
  • and the Swedish surgical and intensive care unit.

In Gao, there is the first Franco-Estonian task group with the Malian ULRI n°4.

Finally in Niamey, a Swedish C-130 is based, responsible for strategic medical evacuation, or transport.

The takuba task force is commanded by a French general, brigadier general Philippe Landicheff, from the air force (he was formerly in Bordeaux).


Read also: Force Takuba: who participates, observes or simply supports? (v3)

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).