40 British Troops Deployed to Mali in a Training Role

by Colonel on January 29, 2013

“Forty British troops are to be deployed to Mali in a training role to help the French-led mission against Islamist militants, according to Sky sources.

The British personnel will be part of an EU force to train Malian soldiers for after French troops have left.

Up to 350 UK troops are to be deployed in total to Africa, all in non-combat roles, Sky News understands. This is part of a UN-led mission.

The UK has already sent two C-17 transport aircraft to help ferry troops and equipment around.

It is understood that Britain will add further support to the French mission along these lines.

Speaking from the historic city of Timbuktu, Sky News Special Correspondent Alex Crawford said the British soldiers would help Malian troops prepare for a future without French troops through training and logistical expertise.

” — Alex Crawford, Copyright 2013 Sky News

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