first published on July 29, 2019 by Sean
A rare glimpse of the lingering insurgency and its brutal combat in Mali. Al-Qaeda Militants raid and overrun a Malian Army checkpoint.
The war in Mali began in early 2012, with Islamist insurgents sweeping down from the north, capturing territory and overwhelming the weak and coup-happy military. After a string of Malian military disasters, the French government, among several other nations would answer pleas for international aid in January 2013. Responding with troops, the international force would spearhead Malian army operations, quickly regaining the captured territory.
Predictably, the surviving militants retreated deep into the vast desert safe havens of Mali. Slowly growing an insurgency over the last few years and aided by deep Al-Qaida connections; 2017 has seen a rash of attacks in Mali and recently, they have spilled into neighboring Burkina Faso.
This video purportedly shows a small group of Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Mali, Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (NIM) raiding a very poorly defended checkpoint somewhere in the harsh Malian desert. The militants speedily drive up on the checkpoint in a thin-skinned pick-up, completely surprising the ill-disciplined Malian troops. Killing several soldiers outright, they quickly dismount the truck and begin suppressing the rear of the checkpoint. They drive the Malian soldiers back, and capture a hesco position with an armored vehicle. Continuing their suppression to the rear, they grab a few weapons and somewhat lazily load back in the truck before driving off.