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Norway will join Takuba in the fall

(B2) Oslo will send troops to the Takuba task force in Mali for the first time. The Norwegian government confirmed this on Tuesday (July 13)

The Minusma Air detachment (Forsvaret.no)

This contribution will consist of a small number of soldiers which will be incorporated into the Swedish contribution, indicates the communicated official. Two officers will also participate in the Takuba task force headquarters. They will arrive " during the fall and will remain for the same duration as the Swedes, in 2022. This contribution is in addition to those of the Estonians, Czechs and Swedes (already present) and the Italians (being deployed).

Oslo had considered, when Takuba was launched, to participate. But the government had given up on it, for lack of a majority in the Norwegian parliament. " We lack support in the Storting, we have come to the conclusion that Norway will not join this force now “, had then justified Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen (Read: Force Takuba: who participates, observes or simply supports? (v4))

The Norwegian army is also present in Mali as part of the United Nations mission (MINUSMA) with the dispatch of an Air detachment with a C-130J plane.


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).