MALI’S INTERIM PRESIDENT DIONCOUNDA TRAORE’S VISIT TO NIGERIAN TROOPS STATIONED AT THE STRATEGIC CROSSROADS TOWN OF NARA

Nigerian Army desert and special warfare troops, dressed up in desert camouflage uniforms, strike a group pose with Mali’s President Traore during a visit to their positions at the strategically important town of Nara, west-central Mali, close to a very sensitive stretch of border with the neighbouring republic of Mauritania.

PHOTO CREDIT: aBAMAKO

The 70,000-strong Mbera Refugee Camp for Malian refugees is believed to hold a large number of ‘displaced’ Malian insurgents and terrorists. The Nigerian detachment stationed at Nara, near the Mauritanian border, are therefore an interposition force to prevent a possible and hitherto attempted rebel advance on Bamako, the Malian capital using Nara as staging post.

The remote border-facing region between Mbera and Nema in southeeastern Mauritania is believed to be teeming with guerrillas who have been uprooted by the military offensive against rebel groups in Mali.

Nigerian and Malian troops are jointly deployed to the nodal town whose strategic value in the security of the national capital Bamako and the overall stability of Mali cannot be over-emphasized.

Nigerian troops are also deployed in the towns of Rere and Banamba.

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5 Responses to MALI’S INTERIM PRESIDENT DIONCOUNDA TRAORE’S VISIT TO NIGERIAN TROOPS STATIONED AT THE STRATEGIC CROSSROADS TOWN OF NARA

  1. Henry says:

    This is only a confirmation of the claim I had earlier made during the early days/ weeks of the nigerian contingent deployment to mali.

    I recall saying several times that even though most of nigeria’s contingent were stationed at banamba, a few hundred troops were also stationed at the mali-Mauritania border, and those personnel had engaged fleeing terrorists.

    • jimmy says:

      oga HENRY
      You are correct , You may recall THAT I had said long before it became apparent that MALIAN troops and special forces troops from Nigeria had linked up. The CAPTAIN as shown is definitely SF and for obvious reasons is hiding his face. This being at the border between Mauritania and Mali begins to add up
      In CONCLUSION it must be a crushing disappointment to some of the so called African correspondents whom I have deemed not worthy to mention by name who literally was frothing at the mouth about how our boys will be consigned to SENTRY and TRANSPORTATION duties.
      Since then we had three Heads of states ( Mali, France and the U.K.) commend Nigeria’s efforts and the MORE IMPORTANTLY the local populace embrace our contingent PLEASE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK N.A.

  2. Henry says:

    Oga jimmy, I recall vividly.

  3. beegeagle says:

    Our boys representing well in Mali. The dignified and emblematic GREEN-WHITE-GREEN, everywhere that there’s trouble to be busted..one way or the other🙂

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