The African nation has seen an increase in jihadist attacks and violence since 2015 prompting the UN to deploy a force of troops to the country.
The UN’s Mali mission has been stationed in the country since July 2012 and has just over 12,000 military and police personnel on the “UN’s most dangerous active peacekeeping deployment”.
According to French journalist, Nicolas Gros-Berheyde, the Dutch and German troops do not patrol the camps often because it is too dangerous.
Instead, they spend their time taking selfies in a military pose.
Writing in Bruxelles2, Mr Gros-Berheyde said: “They take selfies in a warrior pose, which does not scare anyone apart from the the people receiving the selfies.
“They even take them inside base camp, where they are at no risk.”
The troops from the Netherlands speak very little French, which makes gathering intelligence tricky.
He said: “The Dutch do not seem to be effective. Officially they came to carry out intelligence work for the United Nations, the only glitch is that very few of them speak French.
“So to do human intelligence it is a bit difficult.
“The town of Gao does not have a good global connection so the troops draw up maps of places to pass their time.”
However, these maps have reportedly already been made by officials.
The combat Apache helicopters only went out once in a year for military action even though they were supposed to be used for deterrence purposes.
According to the Netherlands Defence website, the Dutch Apache attack helicopters played an important part in the mission and gathered intelligence.
The Defence department also claims that the Dutch contribution consists of gathering intelligence and training up Malian police.
Earlier this year, it was reported that Mali is too hot for half of the vehicles belonging to the German army.
A Bundeswehr officer said: “Operating conditions, however, regularly push us to the technological breaking point.”
Source : EXPRESS