Remember those old “United Colors of Benetton” ads from the 90s? If not, I forgive you for not being as old as I am. Suffice it to say, they were quite colorful and had an international flair…much like today’s “SOF Pic of the Day.”
Instead of models, these are soldiers shown during a rehearsal for a Bastille Day parade on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. That beats the hell out of their last assignment.
The men are from Task Force Takuba (TFT or TF Takuba). This was a European task force that advised and assisted the Malian armed forces from March 2020 until June 2022.
Task Force Takuba: Europe’s Answer to the Sahel Crisis
Task Force Takuba (TFT) emerged as a beacon of European military cooperation, focusing its attention on aiding the Malian Armed Forces in navigating the increasingly complex Sahel security landscape. With the Sahel region being a hotbed of terrorist activity, especially in the Liptako area that sprawls across Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mali, there was an imperative need for an international response.