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- 05 -122015

“One hundred years of photography in the French Armed Forces”. Nineteenth episode. Opération Serval.

On 11 January 2013, at the request of the Malian government and the UN, France sent its troops into Mali as part of Operation Serval to stop the advance of jihadist groups towards southern Mali, protect the Malian state and facilitate the implementation of international decisions.

Le 2e régiment étranger de parachutistes (REP) et le 1er régiment de chasseurs parachutistes (RCP) dans le massif de l'Adrar des Ifoghas, Mali, 27 février 2013 © ECPAD / Caporal-chef Ghislain

Epave d'un blindé BTR-60 appartenant aux djihadistes détruit par l'aviation française devant l'aéroport de Gao, Mali, 26 janvier 2013 © ECPAD / Caporal-chef GhislainFor seven months, ECPAD photographers shared the daily lives of French units engaged in supporting the Malian armed forces. They photographed French troop movements, from Bamako to the Ifoghas massif, the recovery of Gao, Timbuktu and Tessalit, visits by French and foreign governments and the involvement of various African partners alongside the French forces.

The official photographers were the only reporters following the operations due to the Ascension des collines de la vallée de Terz par les marsouins du 2e régiment d'infanterie de marine (RIMa) afin de sécuriser les vallées pour permettre le passage des convois et des forces du génie, Mali, 20 mars 2013 © ECPAD / Adjudant Arnaudarmy staff’s fears of journalists being taken hostage and to control communication about the military operations. Consequently, when hostilities broke out, the only images available were those of the preparations and logistics, and the journalistic world said that Serval was a war without images.

The ECPAD photographs, taken in the heart of the fighting, were only published after the first operations, which journalists had limited opportunities to follow. In the fight against terrorism, control over images — from their production to their circulation — constitutes an additional war zone, especially in the new media.

Suite à des combats violents dans Ifhogas, le module de chirurgie vitale (MCV) de Tessalit reçoit 66 militaires tchadiens blessés au combat. Ils sont pris en charge par le personnel médical français, Mali, 22 février 2013 © ECPAD / Caporal-chef Ghislain

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