Dutch Long-Range Desert Patrols Come to an End in Mali

Soldiers from the Netherlands’ 11 Air Mobile Brigade completed their last long-range desert patrol in Mali on 28 April, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 29 April. Dutch soldiers based in Gao have been carrying out the patrols on behalf of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) since...

Soldiers from the Netherlands’ 11 Air Mobile Brigade completed their last long-range desert patrol in Mali on 28 April, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 29 April.

Soldiers from the 11 Airmobile Brigade are welcomed back by colleagues as they return to Camp Castor in Gao after completing their last patrol on 28 April . (Netherlands Ministry of Defence)
Soldiers from the 11 Airmobile Brigade are welcomed back by colleagues as they return to Camp Castor in Gao after completing their last patrol on 28 April . (Netherlands Ministry of Defence)

Dutch soldiers based in Gao have been carrying out the patrols on behalf of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) since 2014, with 11th Air Mobile Brigade taking over from the Marine Corps in 2016.

Analysis

The MoD said no MINUSMA contingent would officially take over the role but cited an officer as saying that the Belgians and Germans had taken a lot of interest in the ‘Dutch approach’ that involves interacting with locals, with personnel from both countries joining the last patrols so they could be introduced to contacts.

Source: www.janes.com