German government agrees 330 troops for Mali support
Written by Reuters, Tuesday, 19 February 2013
The German mission, which still needs the approval of the Bundestag lower house of parliament, would not be allowed to take part in any fighting, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.
France sent military forces to Mali in January to halt a push by rebels linked to al Qaeda that Western powers feared could turn the West African country into a springboard for further attacks, Reuters reports.
The French intervention has pushed the insurgents out of northern Mali's main urban centers into the mountains and desert.
Up to 180 German servicemen and women will join a European Union military training mission in Mali, Berlin said.
Another 150 would help transport African and French troops and fuel aircraft during the one-year mission, it added.
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