EU extends Mali training mission
14 April 2014
The EU is extending its military training mission in Mali for another two years and creating a new one, focused on civil security, within the country following a 15 April decision by EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg. Their move extends the mandate of the EU Training Mission Mali (EUTM Mali) until 18 May 2016. The mission, initially launched on 17 January 2013, has carried out the training and reorganisation of Mali’s armed forces with the primary aim of enabling the latter to regain full control of the country’s territory. Mali suffered major jihadist and militia incursions in its vast northern region throughout 2012 and nearly lost control of its capital in early 2013, prompting an urgent request for aid to France, whose interventionary force pushed back the rebels.
(Jane Defense Quarterly)