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.
Germany is reported to be planning to expand a training mission for Kurdish fighters battling "Islamic State" militants in Iraq. Germany is already supporting the Kurds with weapons and other military equipment.
Canada is set to extend and expand its military mission against "Islamic State" fighters, possibly to include airstrikes in Syria. Until now, Canadian jets have only hit militant positions in northern Iraq.
Opposition party members say a planned Bundeswehr training mission to Iraq lacks a clear mandate and violates the constitution. The government counters that it's answering calls for aid from Baghdad - and the UN.
Germany's lower house of parliament has approved a mission, which will see Bundeswehr soldiers sent to northern Iraq. They are to train Kurdish peshmerga forces fighting "Islamic State" militants.