UK troops prepare for Mali deployment

Soldiers from the Light Dragoons and 2 Royal Anglian training on Salisbury Plain
Pictured is the Jackal reconnaissance vehicle. The first integration exercise with the Light Dragoons and Royal Anglians prior to their deployment to Mali as part of the UN stabilisation mission took place on Salisbury Plain. In recognition of the increasing instability in the Sahel region, the UK Government has authorised a large-scale British peacekeeping deployment to Eastern Mali. Based in Gao, 250 personnel will deploy in response to a UN requirement and will address a key capability gap for the UN Mission.