A look at the Defence news 26 February - 4 March

Military transport in Europe needs to be easier and quicker. Achieving this will require less bureaucracy, and may also require constructional changes to roads and bridges. The realisation of a European military highway was discussed by representatives of 24 EU Member States, the European Commission and the European Defence Agency.

Operation in Mali

East of the city of Ansongo in Mali, Dutch military personnel mapped out the extent to which terrorist groups advancing from the south are exercising influence over the local population. This was reported in the weekly review of Defence operations (21 - 27 February).