EU launches training mission for Malian soldiers to counter islamist insurgency

4/02/2013
The European Union is launching a training mission today for Malian soldiers as part of efforts to help the West African country counter an Islamist insurgency. The first of four Malian battalions will receiving training under European instructors at the Koulikoro base, some 60 kilometres from the capital, Bamako.
 
A French-led intervention that began in January has regained the main cities of northern Mali from Islamist groups. However, fighting continues in the north. Of the 550 troops from 22 EU nations sent to Mali, about 150 are trainers with the rest made up of mission support staff and force protection. France is the biggest contributor to the force.
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