Correct, the 2 REP was not the first in Mali, it was a regiment of the regular army I think. The 93 RAM if I am not wrong. But they did not really advance and liberate the country. We, from 2 REP, jumped on Timbuktu (night jump) and freed the city of all djihadists. To thank us for that, we were sent during months in the desert where we lost an excellent NCO !