TO: OC C SQN SBS
FROM: PJHQ NORTHWOOD
SUBJECT: IN THEATRE TRAINING - OP APPHIA
CLASSIFICATION: NATO/OTAN SECRET
To support the Malian government in combating anti-government forces currently planning and participating in actions with intend to destabilise the region and put British interests and civilians in Mali at risk.
Kidal is a town and commune in the desert region of northern Mali. The town lies 177 mi northeast of Gao and is the capital of the Kidal Cercle and the Kidal Region. The climate is typical Saharan with very little rainfall and large fluctuations in temperature. The average annual rainfall is around 130 mm but there are large year-to-year variations.
TF White - 1er R.P.I.Ma advising host nation forces
TF Blue - JSO package operating as part of an Expeditionary Targeting Force
TF Orange - HUMINT and SIGINT as part of the operational preparation of the battlespace
13th Combined Arms Regiment - Malian Army units based in Goa and Kidal
800-1000 fighters in total however only around 500-1000 are believed to be in the Gao and Kidal regions.
C Sqn will conduct in-theatre training at FOB KIDAL in preparation for direct action taskings as part of an Expeditionary Targeting Force to assist the Malian government.
3) OWN MAIN EFFORT
C Sqn will conduct training focused on FIBUA, enhanced breaching, hostage rescue and HVT capture.
0800 Local Time - Training begins
5) O GROUP
At commander's discretion
i. Dress: CEFO, MC and PPE.
ii. Equipment: Breaching charges, flashbangs, plasticuffs.
iii. Weapons. L119A1, HK417, L110A2
vi. Ammunition. Live fire.
v. Meds/CMT: As per SOP. Medical facilities located within FOB.
vi. POW & Detainees: Report through Trp Sgts to 4/4A.
vii. Resupply through Ptn Sgts to 4/4A.
7) SATELLITE IMAGERY
No acknowledgement required.