Germany deploys Mantis Air Defence System in Mali

According to a report by IHS Jane from 18 August, Germany is planning to deploy the MANTIS counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar defence system for the first time to Mali in November. For the time being, the deployment will be limited to monitoring, detection, and warning without the use of the 35mm automatic cannons.

After clashes during the last several weeks, a ceasefire agreement between the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and pro-government militias was signed on Wednesday 23 August in the capital of Bamako. However, many Islamist terrorist groups, including Ansar Dine and Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghrib, continue to operate in Mali. Germany has strengthened its role in the region and in January 2017 it has approved an increase in the number of its soldiers in the UN mission MINUSMA to one thousand. Germany is also involved in Burkina Faso, to whom it offered assistance in counter-terrorism training. Consolidating a stable security situation in the Sahel region is also important in the context of migration flowing to Libya and subsequently to Europe, as the unstable environment helps the activities of human traffickers.

About author: Dominika Jandová

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