Groupement tactique interarmes de Kapisa

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A member of marine troops (marsouin) pointing to guerrilla positions on 13 August 2009

The Groupement tactique interarmes de Kapisa (GTIA Kapisa, "joint tactical group of Kapisa"), also called Task Force Korrigan,[1] is a battalion-sized unit of the French Army, based in Kapisa Province, in Afghanistan. It operates in the framework of the French forces in Afghanistan.

Organisation[edit]

French troops and armor in the Alasai Valley, abril 2009.

GTIA Kapisa comprises

  • a command component
  • a support component
  • two armoured infantry sub-groups

The support unit provides fire support, engineering, communications, maintenance and medical support.

The GTIA Kapisa operates under the Regional Command East headed by US general Curtis Scaparrotti. The other units of the French Army in Afghanistan operate under Regional Command Capital headed by French general Michel Stollsteiner.

From 15 June 2009, GTIA Kapisa has been constituted of the 3rd Marine Infantry Regiment (3rd RIMa), complemented with an armoured unit of the 1st Marine Infantry Regiment (1st RIMa), two engineering sections of the 6th Engineer Regiment (6th RG), two mortar sections of the 11th Marine Artillery Regiment (11th RAMa), and a communication group for the 48th RT. This amounts to 650 personnel.

The headquarters and one of the combat groups are positioned at Nijrab, while the other combat unit is based in Tagab.

On 1 November 2009, command of the GTIA was transferred to the Brigade La Fayette.

History[edit]

The foundation of the GTIA-Kapisa was announced by President Sarkozy on 3 April 2008, during the NATO summit in Bucarest.[2]

Task Force Chimera, August 2008 to January 2009[edit]

From August 2008 - January 2009, the GTIA-Kapisa was dubbed "Task Force Chimera". It comprised elements of

A company detached from the 8e RPIMa to the BatFra, and sustained casualties, 10 killed & 21 wounded, during the Uzbin Valley ambush on 18 August 2008.

Task Force Chimera sustained 15 wounded during its tour besides the 10 killed & 21 wounded, during the Uzbin Valley ambush on 18 August 2008.

Task Force Tiger, January 2009 to 15 June 2009[edit]

From January 2009 to 15 June 2009, the GTIA-Kapisa was dubbed "Task Force Tiger", under Colonel Nicolas Le Nen. It comprised elements of

One of the most notable operations was the Battle of Alasay, on 14 March 2009.

Task Force Tiger sustained one dead (Corporal Nicolas Belda, killed during the Battle of Alasay), and one wounded.

Task Force Korrigan, 15 June 2009 to 15 January 2010[edit]

From 15 June 2009 to 15 January 2010, the GTIA-Kapisa is dubbed "Task Force Korrigan", under colonel Chanson.[4] It comprises

In June, the French troops received reinforcements with eight CAESAR self-propelled howitzers.[5]

As of the 1 November 2009, Task Force Korrigan had lost 7 killed and 44 wounded.

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