The Czech Republic has joined the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in Mali in a bid to support Armed Forces of the Republic of Mali in their effort to suppress insurgents' activities, and deliver additional military equipment. The deployment was passed by both chambers of the Czech Parliament.
11th ACR Task Force EUTM in Mali
While the task of the 1st Czech unit was to guard the EUTM Headquarters in the capital of Bamako in cooperation with Malian and French soldiers, from the 2nd unit the Czechs also train Malian soldiers as instructors.
Commander of the 11th Czech Task Force EUTM assumed the operational task on the 9th March 2018 to serve in Mali for six months.
Czech soldiers closely cooperate with French, German, Mailan and Spanish soldiers. Two Czech instructors go on in training of Malian soldiers at the Koulikoro Base (some 50 km off Bamako).
The Czech participation in the mission has originally been planned for 15 months but it has been prolonged to 2018. The current size of the unit is 41 soldiers but it can be increased up to 50 personnel. Even though the guard mission remains the primary one, soldiers escort military personnel travelling out of the Bamako HQ Base, and also accompany EUTM convoys.
- Captain Lubomir Panek
The core of the Task Force is formed by soldiers of 132nd Artillery Battalion based in Jince. The unit is complemented by military personnel from the Military Medical Agency, 102nd Reconnaissance Battlion based in Prostejov, Training Command - Military Academy based in Vyskov, and personnel from the 74th Light Motorised Battalion based in Bucovice.
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