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Britain mulls sending hundreds of troops to Mali: Reports

Published on Jan 29, 2013 10:08 AM
 

LONDON (AFP) - Britain is considering sending about 200 non-combat troops to help the military operation against Islamist militants in Mali, with a decision expected within days, media reports said on Tuesday.

This would likely include a small number deployed to Mali itself, as part of an European Union training mission. A larger number would help train West African forces to join the battle alongside the French and Malian troops.

Prime Minister David Cameron called President Francois Hollande on Sunday to say Britain was "keen" to provide further help to French forces in Mali.

But his Downing Street office declined to give more details other than to stress that, as 10 years of conflict in Afghanistan finally approached its end, Britain would not be deploying combat troops to another warzone.

 
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