Germany's cabinet has approved plans to increase Berlin's contribution to the mission in Mali. If passed by the Bundestag, 330 more soldiers will be deployed to help train Malian forces and give logisitical aid.
Although the German army has taken part in numerous UN peacekeeping missions, it has only deployed a very small number of soldiers for the cause. The reasons for this reserved approach are multifaceted.
Parliament in Berlin has extended German participation in the UN mission in Mali for another year. Up to 150 German soldiers can continue to serve in the West African country. Doubts about the mission persist.
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has landed in northern Afghanistan for an unannounced troop visit. Her second trip comes months before German soldiers are set to withdraw from the country.
German media has reported that the country's military force, the Bundeswehr, may be facing an expansion of its commitments in African countries in crisis. The reports come ahead of an EU vote to discuss the issue.
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