facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Britain sends 40 non-combat troops to Mali

Feb. 18, 2013 at 12:07 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- British forces will train national forces in Mali but won't serve in a combat capacity, British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said.

Mali in January requested military support from its former colonial power, France, to help stop the advance of foreign and Islamic rebels. Control over northern Mali was lost to militants, including al-Qaida allies, in early 2011 following a coup.

Hammond said Monday that 40 troops would deploy to Mali to take part in a European training missing. The mission is meant to train Malian forces in counter-terrorism and national defense capabilities.

Hammond said that only French and Czech forces were serving in a combat capacity in Mali.

"This mission is a further demonstration of our commitment to tackle violent extremism and the threat that it poses to our national interests," he said in a statement.

French troops and their supporters have taken control of key northern areas in Mali. There are growing concerns of reprisal attacks by members of the Malian military as well as spill-over threats that could endanger Mali's neighbors.

Hammond said the Defense Ministry was offering up to 200 training personnel to Mali's English-speaking neighbors.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
France holds up delivery of warships to Russia France holds up delivery of warships to Russia
2
Police suspect poisoning in death of Utah family Police suspect poisoning in death of Utah family
3
Navy SEAL who claims to be Bin Laden's shooter to reveal identity on Fox News Navy SEAL who claims to be Bin Laden's shooter to reveal identity on Fox News
4
Hawaii lava update: 100 feet from home, National Guard deployed Hawaii lava update: 100 feet from home, National Guard deployed
5
Kaci Hickox won't obey Maine Ebola quarantine, state may go to court Kaci Hickox won't obey Maine Ebola quarantine, state may go to court
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback