I have some pictures for you guys today from a buddy of mine who trained Malian “Special Operations” soldiers. His impression of them was that they were horribly unorganized with a severe lack of leadership. Family status determined who got to be an Officer rather than who was qualified.
Much like I saw in Iraq, corrupt Officers would hoard quality supplies for their own enrichment. This is echoed in a diplomatic cable that came out via wikileaks regarding previous training given to the Malian military by US Special Forces. Below you can also see some pictures of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care training that they were given.
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