Operation Serval (Opération Serval) is a French military operation in Mali. These are the preparation videos from the French military prior to the ill-fated mission that led to French Armed Forces personnel being killed. (Maybe they should have concentrated more on preparation and training instead of videos for the mission to be a success)
See also one of today's Featured items about Mali rebels using pretend bullets http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a1e_1358223039). You'd think the French military should have nailed it, but hey, I'm no expert.
The aim of the operation is to stop and ultimately defeat an aggressive Islamic militant rebellion in the north of Mali, which had begun a push into the center of Mali. The operation is named after the medium-sized African wild cat species Serval.
The operation began on 11 January 2013 with French Army Aviation Gazelle helicopters
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