And 300 British soldiers joined a 15,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping force in Mali. It has been described as the most dangerous peacekeeping mission in the world.
And nearly 250 soldiers from the United Nations soldiers have been killed there since 2013. British forces are conducting long-range reconnaissance patrols to protect the local population from the escalation of violent Islamic extremism.
BBC defense correspondent Jonathan Bell and cameraman James Anderson were the first television journalists to join them on a patrol.
They join a squad led by Captain Alice Strawbridge, the first woman to lead a squad by Light Dragoons since the ban on women serving in close combat roles was lifted.