(B2) Since yesterday Wednesday (November 10), Colonel Peter of the Swedish special forces has taken the lead of the multinational operation initiated by the French in the Three Borders area in the Sahel
A proof of trust
« The fact that Sweden is now allowed to take the lead is clear evidence that confidence in the Swedish special forces, the Swedish force as a whole and its personnel highly competent is high” says Colonel Peter *, who has just returned to Ménaka, the Takuba military base, after a tour of the region with his predecessor, French Brigadier General Philippe Landicheff. History of passing the baton well.
A first for the French and the Swedes
For the Swedes, Mali is not quite a discovery. Sweden has been participating in the operation for almost a year in Takuba, with a rapid reaction force equipped in particular with a Black Hawk helicopter (Hkp-16 in the Swedish name). But this is the first time since the beginning of the French intervention in Mali that the French have dared to entrust a European with the command of one of their intervention components on the spot. The Swedes had so far only a deputy position.
A certain European interest
A dozen nations today participate in the Takuba task force, directly on the ground, or in command. But others could join it. " There is a clear European interest in contributing to this important task “, we say on the Swedish side. Sweden will assume command until March 1. The Swedish contingent should then return home.
* A pseudonym. Sweden making it a point of honor not to reveal the identity of its special forces.