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Bundeswehr also to train troops in northern Mali in future

In future up to 300 Bundeswehr soldiers are to be assigned to the EUTM in Mali (Source: Bundeswehr/Bier)

Berlin, 13.04.2016.
In future the Bundeswehr is also to train Malian soldiers in Gao and Timbuktu. The mandate adopted by the Cabinet provides for a reduction in the numbers of German troops, which will now also be deployed in northern Mali. The German Bundestag must still approve the mission.

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Anti-piracy mission: Fewer soldiers around the Horn of Africa

The Bundeswehr will continue to escort ships carrying goods for the World Food Programme around the Horn of Africa (Source: Bundeswehr/Bender)

Berlin, 13.04.2016.
The Bundeswehr will continue to support the EU’s Operation Atalanta and target pirates in Somalia’s coastal waters. The success of the mission means that the number of troops can be reduced to 600. The German Bundestag must still approve the extension of the mission.

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