Friday, February 8, 2013

TESSALIT FROM THE HIGH ROAD

OPSERVALSITREP #\8\\VIT213HOTEL://ATTENTION IMMÉDIATE!
SOURCES-TRANSLATED--//TODAY//
RECENTLY RELEASED--1300PST--


FR (SOF) DROPS INTO OUTPOST:


Translated from Maliweb via AFP:


PARIS - The French army took control of Tessalit Friday, one of the last strongholds of Islamist groups in north-eastern Mali, near the Algerian border, during a special forces operation, told Paris Staff armies.

Land-air operation took place during the night. Elements of French special forces were parachuted Tessalit Airport with the aim of securing the track, told AFP the spokesman of the General Staff, Colonel Thierry Burkhard.

French forces now control the town, he said.
After the drop of a first group of other special forces have landed a plane carrying troops to secure in a slightly larger airport, said the spokesman.
Fifty soldiers of the 1st Regiment Airborne Infantry (RCP) was then sent on site to build the device. Special forces then launched patrols to ensure control of the city.

Meanwhile, elements of the 1st RIMa (marines) party Gao, 500 km to the south, the area joined Tessalit in the morning, according to the same source. Chadian soldiers Kidal parties have also joined the device.
The operation was carried out with the support of helicopters and fighter planes which were thirty sorties during the night, said the staff.
Special Forces (SOF) are elite units of the regular army, specially equipped and trained.
Regions Aguelhok and Tessalit, 200 km north of Kidal, are the target for several days of intense airstrikes French, for logistics depots and training centers Islamist groups.



MILBUR002//DIST..TXT//TT/ET..



OPSERVALSITREP #\8\\VIT213HOTEL://
ATTENTION IMMÉDIATE!
SOURCES-TRANSLATED--//TODAY//
RECENTLY RELEASED--1300PST--