The French-led Takuba Task Force, a European military Special Operations task force led by France, has added a Swedish contingent to the group. The task force advises, assists, and accompanies the Malian Armed Forces, in coordination with G5-Sahel partners and other international units on the ground.

Back in June, the Swedish parliament had approved the initial deployment of up to 150 soldiers to the Takuba task force, with up to 100 reinforcements. The mandate expires on December 31, 2021.

The Swedes will be a which is a rapid response special operations unit. The Swedish troops utilize U.S.-made UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters for support. 

Sweden also contributes to the UN peacekeeper force, which is comprised of 13,000 troops from several countries. The peacekeeping force has been deployed in Mali since July 2013, when insurgents took much of the country’s northern territory.