French armed forces control major part of Mali after 3 weeks since start Operation Serval 0102131
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French Armed Forces Operation Serval in Mali
|Friday, February 1, 2013, 11:50 AM|
|French armed forces control the major part of Mali after 3 weeks since the start of Operation Serval.|
After a successful three-week operation, French troops are close to recapturing all the key northern towns previously held by the rebels. They took Timbuktu and Gao over the weekend. Early on Wednesday, January 31, 2013, they secured the airport in the desert town of Kidal, meeting no resistance, but were prevented from entering the town itself because of a sandstorm.
French soldiers installed on the airport of Kidal continue their mission to secure the area and wait the arrival of African forces.
Heavy trucks were also dropped by aircraft during this airdrop of the 17e RGP (17th Parachute Engineer Regiment) on the Timbuktu airport, Tuesday, January 29, 2013.
The paratroopers of the 17e RGP (17th Parachute Engineer Regiment) that were been airdropped, Tuesday, January 29, 2013, on the airport of Timbuktu continue to repair the trackway to allow access to military transport aircraft.
During this airdrop, heavy engineer equipment has also been airdropped, including trucks and bulldozers to make the cleaning of the trackway and restore air traffic.
The 17th Parachute Engineer Regiment (French: 17e Régiment de Génie Parachutiste, 17e RGP) is the only airborne engineer unit of the French Army. It forms the engineering component of the 11th Parachute Brigade.
Thanks to its unique know-how, specialized teams and its specific military equipment, the 17th RGP is able to destroy fortified places, to make mine clearing , create obstacles, recognize and to build an airdrop area, seize and repair airport facilities, destroy main objectives and make reconnaissance missions of crossing sites, bridges and suburban networks.
Video airdrop 17th Parachute Engineer Regiment of French Army on Timbuktu airport
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