The Desert Rats Ready Their Skills for Peacekeeping Mission


The second UK taskforce to deploy to the United Nations Peacekeeping Operation in Mali is undertaking its final mission rehearsal exercise before deploying.

The Desert Rats follow in the footsteps of The Light Dragoons-led taskforce who received a welcome reaction from the local population, with some of the locals asking them “to stay forever”.

Lieutenant Colonel Will Meddings, the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment who will lead the second deploying taskforce said: “The first taskforce is already showing the positive impact the British Army can have. The Royal Anglian taskgroup will deliver even more – patrolling further, and for longer, than most other nations in Mali.

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Source: British Army