Germany steps up military intervention in Mali

Germany plans to step up its engagement within the framework of the MINUSMA peacekeeping mission, with deployment, not earlier than March 2017, of combat and transport helicopters and up to 350 additional soldiers

Germany steps up military intervention in Mali

World Bulletin / News Desk

Germany’s parliament (Bundestag) voted on Thursday to extend and expand the German army’s intervention in the West African country of Mali.

According to the cabinet decision, Germany will step up its engagement: from March 2017 at the earliest, it will provide four combat and four transport helicopters for operations in Mali. Up to 350 additional service members will be deployed as helicopter maintenance and operations personnel. This will bring to 1000 the number of German military personnel in the UN mission. The total force strength of the mission is 15,000 (military personnel and police officers).

On Friday the army began shifting of NH90 combat and Tiger transport helicopters from Leipzig-Halle airport to Mali. According to the German army, they will be used to transport and rescue injured people. In addition, operations to escort convoys and conduct surveillance are also planned.

source: reliefweb

Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Ocak 2017, 13:30