A Tier 1 Special Operations unit, attack helicopters, and lots more. This is what Sweden is ready to contribute to the new French-led counterterrorism task force in Africa.
Last year, France declared its commitment to defeating extremism in the Sahel region of Africa with the creation of Task Force TAKUBA.
In a brief press release, the Swedish Armed Forces stated that it “is still too early to say. . . exactly what the Swedish contribution [will be] but it will likely include personnel and helicopters from the Special Forces.”
The commandos will most likely come from the Special Operations Group (SOG). A combination of Delta Force and SEAL Team Six, SOG was established in 2011 after the Swedish Army’s and Swedish Navy’s Tier 1 SOF units were combined. Swedish SOF have been doing superb but quiet work in Afghanistan and Africa for years now. Besides counterterrorism, SOG specializes in Direct Action (DA) and Special Reconnaissance (SR); Sources familiar with SOF told SOFREP that the unit also conducts Foreign Internal Defence (FID), training foreign Special Operations units, decently well.