Opération Sentinelle

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Opération Sentinelle
Part of Vigipirate
Strasbourg opération Sentinelle février 2015-2.jpg
Operation Sentinelle patrol in Strasbourg
Location  France
Planned by Ministère de la Défense
Objective Protecting sensitive "points" of the territory from terrorism
Date 12 January 2015 (2015-01-12) – ongoing

Opération Sentinelle (English: Sentinel Operation) is a French military operation deployed in the aftermath of the January 2015 Île-de-France attacks, with the objective of protecting sensitive "points" of the territory from terrorism. It was reinforced during the November 2015 Paris attacks.

Soldiers deployed under Opération Sentinelle blocked the assailant in the 2017 Paris machete attack from entering the Museum, where he claims to have intended to deface art with spray paint as a symbolic attack on France; however, he attacked the patrolling soldiers with a machete.[1]

In the March 2017 Île-de-France attacks, two Opération Sentinelle soldiers killed a man who said "I am here to die for Allah"[2] while he beat to the floor another member of their team, a female soldier from whom the attacker intended to steal her assault rifle.

References

  1. ^ Rios, Michael (3 February 2017). "2017Louvre Museum attacker in life-threatening condition, French prosecutor says". PBS NewsHour. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  2. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/last-words-of-paris-attacker-i-am-here-to-die-for-allah-1.4031448

External links

  • Chrisafis, Angelique (15 April 2016). "Thousands of troops on Paris streets but are they France's new Maginot line?". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  • McAuley, James (4 June 2016). "In France, are soldiers outside the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre really worth it?". Washington Post. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
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