Germany has decided to bolster the security forces in Mali, to help combat against Jihadist threats. Around 650 troops will be deployed to fight against the rebels and terrorists in the northern part of the country.

“In this regard it should be noted that Germany has decided to send 650 soldiers to Mali. Only in times of need do you realise who your friends are. On behalf of Mali, I express my gratitude to President Gauck,” said President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, of Mali.

Gauck also visited an army camp of Bundeswehr troops in Bamako and in Koulikoro. To combat the Islamist jihadists, Germany is working closely with European Union Training Mission (EUTM) to train the local military troops.

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The decision came after German President Joachim Gauck visited on Friday. He discussed the economic, social and security efforts from the Malian government. He said that Mali should buckle down to stabilise job opportunities, medical and food facilities and better living standards, as per a report filed by All Africa.

Mali’s president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta appreciated Germany’s global assistance and efforts to make Mali a terror-free region.

Islamic militants and Tuareg rebels have always targeted to get control over country’s north. Before Gauck’s visit, Islamic militants attacked UN Peacemakers. Three soldiers died and 30 were injured.

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Last month, the cabinet of German Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to deploy 550 troops in Mali and Iraq. Around 500 troops were set to be deployed for UN mission in Mali. It was to observe a peace deal between the government and northern rebels.

In 2012, Al-Qaida-linked groups took over north of Mali and voiced anti-government campaigns. It was to completely siege the area. In 2013, French military launched its operation and overthrew Islamists. However, different parts of the region are still vulnerable to jihadist attacks, according to a report filed by Defense News.

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