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  • Six Estonian Defence Forces members injured in Mali terrorist attack

    https://news.err.ee/963913/six-eston...rrorist-attack

    On Monday night, suicide bombers attacked the French military base in Gao, Mali, where Estonian and Malian troops are also serving. Six members of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) were injured and needed medical attention alongside French and Malian troops.

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    • JNIM again warns G5 Sahel against supporting “French occupation”

      JNIM formed in March 2017, when several smaller groups including the Sahara branch of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Ansar Dine, Al-Mourabitoun and Katiba Macina merged. JNIM’s leadership under Iyad Ag Ghaly has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

      The group is active in Mali and has carried out attacks in Niger, but operations in Burkina Faso are increasing. Two soldiers were killed in two simultaneous nighttime attacks on September 12 in Baraboulé and Nassoumbou, around 120 km east of Dioungani in Burkina Faso’s northern Sahel region that borders Mali. Five soldiers were injured, Infowakat reported. Al-Qaeda social media channels attributed the attacks to JNIM.

      Al-Qaeda-linked militants have also begun to assassinate people seen as collaborating with French forces, according to France 24’s Wassim Nasr.
      https://thedefensepost.com/2019/09/1...ungani-ecowas/

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        • Pistol holster on the belt, like a real man. None of this drop leg nonsense
          For now, everything hangs on the CoDF report, still possibly 2 weeks from the Ministers desk.

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          • You're no fan of Mick Collins then?

            https://me.me/i/ga-michael-collins-i...civil-15432827
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            Last edited by Herald; 20 November 2019, 22:20.

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            • Lot of good it did him....
              For now, everything hangs on the CoDF report, still possibly 2 weeks from the Ministers desk.

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              • Also looks like they are wearing multicam or a variation of it.
                It was the year of fire...the year of destruction...the year we took back what was ours.
                It was the year of rebirth...the year of great sadness...the year of pain...and the year of joy.
                It was a new age...It was the end of history.
                It was the year everything changed.

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                • Obviously brand recognition has gone out the window when it comes to playing by big boys rules.....camouflage and concealment beats corporate identity every time!
                  Fate whispers to the warrior, "There is a storm coming"

                  And the warrior whispers back "I am the storm".

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                  • Will be interesting to see how they get on with the Mowag Eagle

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                    • Originally posted by pym View Post
                      Will be interesting to see how they get on with the Mowag Eagle
                      Is it their own or borrowed?
                      For now, everything hangs on the CoDF report, still possibly 2 weeks from the Ministers desk.

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                      • Originally posted by na grohmiti View Post
                        Is it their own or borrowed?
                        From the media reports they're part of a German led component, so presume they're borrowed from them.

                        The German's did a series in 2017 on their operations from Camp Castor, in Gao: https://youtu.be/UuPeglHMvVY

                        Some interesting insights, even if my language skills runs to about 3 sentences of German - Youtube translate is not great auf Deutsch.

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                        • I was just going to post that I presumed it was German.

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                          • Originally posted by na grohmiti View Post
                            Pistol holster on the belt, like a real man. None of this drop leg nonsense
                            Mid ride holster is what is being taught now on combat shooting courses. Not too high,not too low.

                            Originally posted by CTU View Post
                            Also looks like they are wearing multicam or a variation of it.
                            Yup. Crye precision kit issued for the first contingent. New irish Pattern for second contingent AFAIK. Cross between current Irish Woodland and Irish desert patterns

                            Originally posted by na grohmiti View Post
                            Is it their own or borrowed?
                            Borrowed. german contingent supply everything except personal weapons and kit.
                            Last edited by apod; 17 January 2020, 20:33.
                            "Let us be clear about three facts. First, all battles and all wars are won in the end by the infantryman. Secondly, the infantryman always bears the brunt. His casualties are heavier, he suffers greater extremes of discomfort and fatigue than the other arms. Thirdly, the art of the infantryman is less stereotyped and far harder to acquire in modern war than that of any other arm." ------- Field Marshall Wavell, April 1945.

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                            • Has draw and shoot found it's way into the DF pistol table yet?
                              For now, everything hangs on the CoDF report, still possibly 2 weeks from the Ministers desk.

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                              • Originally posted by na grohmiti View Post
                                Has draw and shoot found it's way into the DF pistol table yet?
                                As apod says on the combat shooting course... there is a much more tactical focus (as the name suggests)

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