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Operation Serval
Part of the 2012 Northern Mali conflict and the War on Terror

French troops in Bamako.PNG
(Top) A French Dassault Rafale of squadron 2/92 "Aquitaine" refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker over Africa on 17 March 2013.

(Bottom) French troops arriving in Bamako.
Date 11 January 2013 – 15 July 2014
Location Mali

Malian/French victory

  • All major cities controlled by French and Malian troops.
  • France launched Operation Barkhane on 1 August 2014.

Azawad MNLA
Flag of West Africa ― Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).jpg AFISMA
Supported by:
 United Arab Emirates
 United Kingdom

 United States


Commanders and leaders

France François Hollande
France ADM. Édouard Guillaud
Mali Dioncounda Traoré (until 4 Sept. 2013)
Mali Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (from 4 Sept. 2013)
Chad Idriss Déby

Azawad Bilal Ag Acherif
Abdelhamid Abou Zeid
Iyad ag Ghali[1]
Omar Ould Hamaha[2]
Mokhtar Belmokhtar
Abdel Krim †[3]

4,000 French troops deployed, (5,100 involved in total) [4]

2,900 AFISMA[5]

Elements of:

  • between 5,000 and 10,000 fighters (Ansar Dine)[6]
  • 1,000 fighters (AQIM)[6]
  • 500 fighters (MOJWA)[6]
Casualties and losses

France 9 killed[7]
1 Gazelle helicopter lost[8]
Mali 82 killed[9][10][11]
Chad 38 killed[12][13]
Azawad 17 killed, 60 wounded[9]
Nigeria 2 killed[14]
Burkina Faso 1 killed[9]
Togo 2 killed[9]

Senegal 2 killed
Between 600 and 1,000 killed[15][16]
50 vehicles destroyed, 150 tons of ammunitions and 200 weapons seized, 60 IED defused[8]
109-300 captured [17]

Operation Serval (French: Opération Serval) was a French military operation in Mali.[18] The aim of the operation was to oust Islamic militants in the north of Mali,[19] who had begun a push into the center of Mali.[20]

Operation Serval followed the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2085 of 20 December 2012 and an official request by the Malian interim government for French military assistance.[21] The operation ended on 15 July 2014 and was replaced by the Operation Barkhane launched on 1 August 2014 to fight Islamist fighters in the Sahel.[22] Three of the five Islamic leaders, Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, Abdel Krim and Omar Ould Hamaha were killed, while Mokhtar Belmokhtar fled to Libya and Iyad ag Ghali[23] fled to Algeria. [24]

Critics of France said Operation Serval was a Françafrique's neocolonial show of strength.[25]

The operation is named after the medium-sized African wild cat species Serval.


In January 2012, following an influx of weapons that occurred after the Libyan Civil War, Tuareg tribesmen of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) began a rebellion against Mali's central government.[26] In April, the MNLA said it had accomplished its goals and called off its offensive against the government, proclaiming the independence of Azawad.[27] In June 2012, however, the MNLA came into conflict with the Islamist groups Ansar Dine and the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa after the Islamists began imposing Sharia in Azawad.[28] By 17 July, MOJWA and Ansar Dine had pushed the MNLA out of all the major cities.[29] On 1 September 2012, the town of Douentza, in the Mopti Region, until then controlled by the Ganda Iso militia, was taken by the MOJWA,[30] and on 28 November 2012, the MNLA was pushed out of Léré, Timbuktu Region, by Ansar Dine.[31]

Forces committed[edit]

French Forces[edit]

French Air Force[edit]

Initially the French Air Force deployed two Mirage F1 CR Reconnaissance from the 2/33 Savoie Reconnaissance Squadron and six Mirage 2000D fighter jets, which were already part of the French military Opération Épervier in Chad. Additionally the Air Force deployed three KC-135 Stratotanker planes, as well as one C-130 Hercules and one Transall C-160 transport planes from the French airbase in N'Djamena.[32] On 13 January four Rafale fighter jets of the 1/7 Provence Fighter Squadron flew from the Saint-Dizier Airbase in France to attack targets in the city of Gao. The Rafale planes then proceeded to N'Djamena and are to remain based there for the duration of the conflict.[33] By 16 January the French Air Force dispatched two additional KC-135 Stratotanker planes and two Harfang UAVs from the 1/33 Belfort Reconnaissance Squadron to N'Djamena.[34] To transport Army troops to Bamako the Air Force used the Airbus A310 and A340 of the 3/60 Estérel Transport Squadron. On 23 January a detachment of Fusiliers Commandos de l'Air was deployed to the airport in Bamako to provide security for the French Air Force assets stationed there and to execute combat search and rescue missions if necessary. Along with the Fusiliers the Air Force deployed two Puma helicopters of the 1/67 Pyrénées Helicopter Squadron in the combat search and rescue role to Bamako.[35] On 25 January the Air Force deployed two additional Rafale fighter jets and two additional KC-135 Stratotanker planes to N'Djamena, bringing the total to six Rafale jets and 5 KC-135's in the theater of operations.[36] Transall C-160 transport planes from the 1/64 Béarn and 2/64 Anjou squadrons and C-130H Hercules transport planes from the 2/61 Franche Comté squadrons were used to ferry materiel to Bamako, while Transall C-160 transport planes from the 3/61 Poitou Transport Squadron flew reinforcements to the airport of Gao.[37]

French Army[edit]

Insignia is on the brigade Serval. Based on that of the 3rd Mechanized Brigade with its motto: "One goal, victory" which was added to the map of Mali and insignia of formations that participated in operations in Mali in 2013.

French Army forces deployed include one company of the 21st Marine Infantry Regiment, an Armored Cavalry platoon of the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment and one company of the 2nd Marine Infantry Regiment.[32] On 14 January, the French Army Light Aviation transported Eurocopter Tiger HAP attack helicopters from the 5e Régiment d'Hélicoptères de Combat to Mali.[38] Furthermore a company from the 3rd Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment and soldiers from the 1st Parachute Hussar Regiment and the 17th Parachute Engineer Regiment, which are all currently deployed as part of Operation Unicorn in Ivory Coast left Abidjan in a convoy of 60 vehicles for the Malian capital of Bamako.[39][40] The Commander of the French Land Forces general Bertrand Clément-Bollée announced that a company of the 92nd Infantry Regiment equipped with VBCI Infantry fighting vehicles has been sent to Mali. An additional three companies equipped with VBCI and one squadron equipped with Leclerc main battle tanks could be sent on short notice if required.[41] An armored company of the Marine Infantry Tank Regiment is being deployed to Mali as are CAESAR self-propelled howitzers.[42][43] On 21 January a company of the 3rd Marine Infantry Regiment arrived in Bamako to provide security for the allied airhead.[44] Ground operations are commanded by Brigadier General Bernard Barrera, commanding officer of the 3rd Mechanized Brigade.[35]

The following units of the French Army were involved in Mali during the first period of operation :

  • Logistics battalion
    • 7e Régiment du Matériel (7e RMAT), one company
    • 511e Régiment du Train (511e RT), one squadron
    • 515e Régiment du Train (515e RT), one squadron
  • 28e Régiment de Transmissions (28e RT), one company
  • Régiment Médical (RMED), 7th and 9th field hospitals in Bamako and Sévaré

At the end of May 2013 the French Army began to draw down its forces in Mali. For further combat operations a mixed combat group named GTIA Désert (Groupement tactique interarmes Désert) was activated in Gao on 20 May 2013. Only this combat group will remain in the area for further combat operations and to support the MISMA, MINUSMA and EUTM Mali missions as well as the Malian Army. The GTIA Désert is composed of the following units:[47]

French Navy[edit]

The Mistral class Dixmude, an amphibious assault ship and helicopter carrier of the French Navy.

The French Navy deployed five Breguet Atlantic long-range reconnaissance aircraft operating from Dakar in Senegal and transported two companies of the 92nd Infantry Regiment along with their equipment and military materiel on the Mistral class amphibious assault ship Dixmude from Toulon to Dakar in Senegal.[48] Dixmude was escorted on her journey by the D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette LV Le Hénaff.[49]

Special Forces[edit]

National Gendarmerie[edit]

The French National Gendarmerie deployed two platoons of gendarmes to Mali in the military police role:

  • 24/1 Mobile Gendarmerie Squadron, one platoon
  • 21/9 Mobile Gendarmerie Squadron, one platoon


DGSE Service Action

Allied nations[edit]

C-17 transport aircraft from the United States and Canada at Istres-Le Tubé Air Base preparing to load French forces, 21 January 2013.
French troops prepare for take-off inside a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft in Istres, France.

These are the forces committed by the countries that support France (in alphabetical order).

  •  Chad: On 16 January the Chadian government announced that it will deploy 2,000 troops: one infantry regiment with 1,200 soldiers and two support battalions with 800 soldiers. The Chadian forces will not be part of the African-led International Support Mission to Mali but will be integrated into the French command structure.[53][54][55]
  •  Germany: Three German Air Force Transall C-160 are deployed to the Malian capital Bamako to help with the transport of equipment.[57] On 28 February 2013, the German parliament approved sending up to 330 Geman soldiers to provide engineer mentoring, logistical and medical service to the operation as well as one additional A310 MRTT air-to-air refueling plane.[58]
  •  Netherlands: Initially the Dutch government decided to deploy a Royal Netherlands Air Force KDC-10 tanker/transport plane. For its first flight the aircraft picked up its supplies in France and proceeded to N’Djamena in Chad, where the French military have a logistic support hub. After 14 January 2013 the Dutch began to fly directly into Bamako.[59][60] Later the Dutch contribution was increased by an additional KDC-10 tanker/transport plane, four C-130 Hercules transport planes, three CH-47 Chinook transport and Medevac helicopters and one DC-10 passenger plane.[61]
  •  United Kingdom: The Royal Air Force deployed two C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport planes of No. 99 Squadron to the French Évreux Air Base on 13 January 2013. The planes transported French armored vehicles to the Malian capital Bamako in what the British are calling Operation Newcombe.[66] On 25 January 2013, the UK Ministry of Defence announced the deployment of a Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft to support French forces.[67] The British government announced on 28 January that British troops will deploy to Mali but that they would not be involved in combat.[68] According to the BBC, on 29 January 2013, it was understood that 40 British advisers were to operate within Mali, and more in other nations, making a total of 350. There was a debate about whether these advisers should be protected by French forces, or by British troops - the latter would result in a deployment of "multiples of dozens".
  •  United States: The US Air Force has established an air bridge between the Istres-Le Tubé Air Base in the South of France and Malian capital Bamako using up to five C-17 Globemaster III transport planes to ferry French equipment and troops to Mali.[69] A small contingent of American troops will provide flight support operations at Bamako.[70] On January 26, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta informed French Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian that the "US Africa Command will support the French military by conducting aerial refueling missions as operations in Mali continue,"[71]


Map showing the fullest extent of rebel-held territory (January 2013), before it was re-taken by Malian and French forces

The operation began on 11 January 2013 with French Army Gazelle helicopters armed with 20 mm cannons from the 4th Special Forces Helicopter Regiment attacking a rebel column near Sévaré. French forces suffered one casualty when a Gazelle attack helicopter came under small arms fire and one of the two pilots was hit. The pilot, Lt. Damien Boiteux, later died of his injuries. The other pilot managed to fly the helicopter back to base, but the aircraft was written off as lost due to the damage sustained.[72][73]

By 12 January, hundreds of French troops were involved in the military operation in Mali,[74] with special focus in the Battle of Konna. The Malian army claimed that, with their help, it had retaken Konna, which it had lost a few days earlier.[75] French airstrikes appeared to stop the rebel advance to the south which prompted the intervention[76] and destroyed an Ansar Dine command post near Konna.[77]

France asked the U.S. to speed up its contribution by sending drones to improve surveillance over the vast area of northern Mali. The Pentagon was reported to have studied the French request.[76] Meanwhile the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom announced that his country would lend logistical support to the operation.[78] ECOWAS troops preparing to deploy to Mali also decided to move up their arrival date to 14 January at the latest.[76]

According to Human Rights Watch, 10 civilians were killed when Malian forces fought to recapture Konna.[79]

On 13 January, French planes bombed rebels' positions in Gao. Air strikes hit a fuel depot and a customs house being used as a headquarters by the Islamist rebels. Dozens of Islamist fighters were killed.[80] A Malian security source put the number of dead fighters at 60.[81] On 15 January, the French defense minister confirmed that the Mali military had still not recaptured Konna from rebel forces, despite earlier claims that they did.[82]

On 15 January, French special forces entered the strategically important central town of Markala,[83] describing it as "secured" on the 19 January.[84] The French and Malian forces launched a major ground offensive into the North of the country for the first time on 16 January.[85] Along with French help, Mali military took back the control of Konna on 18 January. On 21 January the Malian military, with the aid of French air support, took possession of Diabaly.[86] On the next day, Chadian forces began moving from Niger's capital city, Niamey, to Ouallam, a position some one-hundred kilometers south of the Malian border.[87]

On 25 January it was reported that a combined force of French and Malian troops captured the town of Hombori, which lies 100 miles south of Gao. French forces also bombed Islamist troops and their supply stores around Gao.[88] This resulted in the destruction of two Islamist bases with fuel stocks and weapon dumps.[89]

On the morning 26 January French forces captured the airport at Gao and also seized the main Wabary bridge over the Niger River into Gao.[90][91] French special forces were also in action against rebels that had melted into the local population.[92] During the next few hours the French-Malian forces assaulted the town of Gao backed by French warplanes and helicopters. The Islamists lost a dozen fighters while the French did not take any losses or injuries. A Malian army spokesman said on the 27 January that the "Malian army and the French control Gao today".[90]

On the 27 January French forces captured Timbuktu without resistance after Islamist fighters fled the city to avoid French airstrikes.[93] In capturing Timbuktu, documents left by AQIM where found revealing the strategic organization of the group.[94] After gaining the airport on 27 January, the next day, Malian and French military sources claimed that the entire area between Gao and Timbuktu was under government control and access to the city was available.[95][96][97]

Three days after capturing Timbuktu, French and Malian forces entered the town of Kidal on 30 January, approximately 200 kilometers from the Algerian border. The town and its airport were taken without resistance from Islamic militants. It was the last major town to be held by the militants.[98] Despite the capture of all major towns, French and Malian forces clashed with Islamists outside Gao on 5 February. The skirmish, which involved long-range small arms and rocket fire, caused several French troops to suffer light wounds.[99] On 8 February, French and Chadian troops claimed to have occupied the town of Tessalit, near the Algerian border, and seat of one of the last airports still not controlled by the Malian government and its allies. The same day the first suicide attack in the conflict took place in Gao, resulting in one Malian soldier injured and the death of the attacker.[100] On 10 February, the Islamists made an attack in Gao,[101] which was countered by French and Malian troops securing the nearby area of Bourem on the 17th[102]

Two French Air Force Rafale fighter jets operating over Mali.

On the 19 February a French soldier, member of the French Foreign Legion, was killed during heavy fighting in the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains in the far North East of Mali near the Algerian border.[103] On 3 March a French paratrooper was killed in the same area and the Chadian army announced the killing of the two Islamic Algerian leaders Abdelhamid Abou Zeid and Mokhtar Belmokhtar. This was not confirmed by the French army.[104] However on 5 March the death of Abou Zeid was confirmed by a member of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).[105] On 6 March, a French Army sergeant from the 68th African artillery regiment was killed during an operation in eastern Mali around 100 km (60 miles) from the town of Gao, the former stronghold of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MOJWA). On 17 March a corporal from the 1st Marine Infantry Regiment was killed when his vehicle was hit by an Improvised explosive device in the south of Tessalit in the Adrar des Ifoghas massif. Three other soldiers were wounded by the explosion.[106]

On 30 March, the city of Timbuktu was attacked when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a Malian army checkpoint allowing a group of rebels to infiltrate by night. A contingent of around fifty French soldiers supported by French fighter jets were then sent to reinforce the Malian army who could not repel the rebel attack. By 1 April, rebel presence in the city was cleared.[107] On 12 April, two suicide bombers detonated their belts, blowing themselves up near a group of Chadian soldiers, in a busy market in Kidal. At least three soldiers were killed in the explosion and a dozen of civilians were wounded.[108]

On 11 May 2013 the command of ground operations of in Mali passed from the 3e Brigade Mécanisée to the 6e Brigade Légère Blindée.[109] On 25 May 2013, French forces began their first stage of withdrawal when a convoy of lorries left Bamako for Ivory Coast carrying equipment and vehicles no longer needed.[110] On July 30, a French soldier was killed in a vehicle accident and a second soldier suffered injuries. This death brought to nine the total number of French soldiers killed in support of operations in Mali.

The second in command of AQIM, Hacene Ould Khalill, was killed during a raid by French special forces near Tessalit in November 2013.[111] On 25 January 2014, a source within the Malian Security Forces reported that a French military operation in the Tombouctou Region northern Mali resulted in the deaths of 11 Islamist fighters.[112]


In the wake of the French deployment, ECOWAS said that it had ordered its African-led International Support Mission to Mali to be deployed immediately and the European Union said it had increased preparations for sending a military training mission, EUTM Mali.[113]

UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon hoped on 12 January that the French government's decision would "be consistent with the spirit" of UN Security Council resolution 2085 adopted in December.[114] Algerian foreign ministry spokesman Amar Belani expressed support for the Malian transitional authorities, and "noted that Mali has asked, in line with its sovereignty, for friendly powers to reinforce its national capacities to fight terrorism".[115]

Germany could take part in any European training mission to Mali to help its government prepare troops to counter the insurgents, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on 14 January. German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle ruled out the possibility of German armed forces taking part in a combat mission in Mali, but he also said Germany was prepared to help train the Mali Armed Forces.[116]

On 14 January, the Tuareg separatist MNLA declared it would fight alongside the French and even the Malian government to "end terrorism in Azawad". The spokesman also declared that the MNLA would be a more effective force than those of the neighboring West African nations "because of our knowledge of the ground and the populations".[117]

The Franco-German [118] geographer Christophe Neff stated that without the Operation Serval the Islamic rebellion would have captured Bamako by the end of January 2013.[119] Mathieu Guidère, a scholar of Islam and the Arab world at the University of Toulouse said in an interview published in the newsmagazine Jeune Afrique that without the French military intervention the state of Mali would have fallen.[120]

France has said that the reason for the operation is because otherwise it would allow "a terrorist state at the doorstep of France and Europe."[121]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the intervention in a phone call with French President François Hollande as "a brave step against extremist Islamic terrorism".[122]

Egypt's former President Mohammed Morsi, an Islamist, criticized France's intervention.[123]

On January 26, during the CELAC and European Union summit in Santiago de Chile, Colombia and Chile both expressed support for the French military intervention in Mali. Colombia's president, Juan Manuel Santos, stated that "Colombia has suffered so much from terrorism that it can not disagree with this action."[124]

An Al Jazeera poll found that 96% of Malians in Bamako supported French intervention.[125]

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