An AC-130U Spooky gunship, MC-130H Combat Talon II and two CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft assigned to the 1st Special.
Mali War Heavy Combat Compilation
Note: Some great air strike footage starting around the 8:00 minute mark including FLIR footage. This video is a compilation of the French engagement in Mali and includes combat actions during Operation Serval and Operation Panther. The aim of Operation Serval was to oust Islamic militants in the north of Mali who had begun a push into the center of Mali. Operation Serval followed the UN Security Council Resolution 2085 of 20 December 2012. The operation was named after the medium-sized African wild cat species Serval. Operation Panther was a French military operation in Mali that was launched in February 2013. On 19 February 2013, heavy fighting occurred as French Special Forces pushed deeper into the Azawad hinterland in pursuit of Islamist insurgents.