Dutch 11th Airmobile Brigade to replace special forces in Mali

 FYI: The Dutch 11th Airmobile Brigade has been integrated into the German Army. Dutch and German militarizes setting up shop for a permanent footprint in Mali.

Dutch Paratroopers Integrated Into German Army

Source:  Jane’s IHS 360

Soldiers from the Netherlands’ 11 Luchtmobiele Brigade (11th Airmobile Brigade) will join the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) to staff a new Long Range Reconnaissance Task Group (LRRTG).

Dutch Ministry of Defence spokesman Colonel Jos van der Leij told IHS Jane’s that a detachment from the 11 Luchtmobiele Brigade will arrive in Mali by 1 January 2017, where they will be based at Camp Castor, in Gao, which is also home to the German Intelligence, Surveillance and Intelligence (ISR) Task Force.

He added that the new LRRTG will replace the existing Special Operations Land Task Group (SOLTG), which was first stood up in 2014 and has since been staffed by Dutch Korps Commando Troepen (KCT) and Maritime Special Operation Forces (MARSOF) operatives as well as, since early 2016, Danish and Czech special forces.

The SOLTG is a long-range reconnaissance unit under the direct authority of the MINUSMA Force Commander and tasked with intelligence gathering. It has no mandate to carry out offensive counter-terrorism operations.

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