New Army unit tools African militaries fighting terrorists in Mali

Pulling an M-36 Puma MRAP, a mine-resistant vehicle, out of desert sand is a safe enough practice for U.S. Army soldiers such as former logistics commander Maj. Mike Pachucki, but for African militaries, every second counts, and it could be deadly.

African peacekeepers are frequently targeted by al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists on the far-flung roads of northern Mali. Moments lost in a vehicle recovery operation afford extra minutes for a deadly ambush.

“Our job is to help partner nations build capability, build capacity,” Pachucki told the Washington Examiner by phone from Fort Benning, Georgia, discussing a three-week deployment to Senegal.

The West
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