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's parliament has agreed to boost the country's troop presence in Mali. The Bundestag also decided to extend the German military's operation in Afghanistan for one last time.
In Mali, the Bundeswehr is being trained for future military interventions, says Christine Buchholz in a DW interview. The Left party politician accompanied Defense Minister von der Leyen on her latest trip to Africa.
There are plans for German troops to take part in the EU training mission in Somalia, a German magazine has reported. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has said Bundeswehr troops would become more involved in Africa.
Members of the German armed forces may soon be sent to Somalia to take part in a training mission. The opposition is skeptical, saying the security situation in the east African state remains unstable.
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