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.
During a visit to Germany, President John Mahama of Ghana has called for an African Union-mandated force to "deal with the menace" of Boko Haram in Nigeria and neighboring countries.
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.
The Bundeswehr mission in Afghanistan, a country with a long history of military invasions, has had a profound influence on German foreign policy, says Florian Weigand.
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