Germany plans to increase troop numbers in its Mali mission

Photo: German Chancellor Angela Markel seen here meeting with troops

PARIS, France–The German government says it plans on increasing the number of its troops involved its largest and most dangerous overseas mission in conflict-torn Mali.

The European nation seeks to double the number of soldiers it contributes to the UN joint operation in Mali from 1,000, its current level, to 1,100.

According to sources, the German mission in the West African nation has been increased twice.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and the country’s Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen disclosed the plan to boost the troop’s number in a letter addressed to the chairs of the parliamentary groups.

Since 2013, the German army has been enmeshed in the UN mission to oversee the peace deal in Mali, where conflict broke out in the country’s north in 2012.

There are also calls and plans for Germany to increase the number of troops it has in Afghanistan and to enlarge the geographic remit of its mission in Iraq.

Reliable official sources have confirmed that the German cabinet will be deciding troop increasing proposal for Mali on Wednesday, even though the final approval lies with the country’s parliament.

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Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.
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