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In Germany Government to send up to 650 soldiers to Mali for peacekeeping mission

She added that Germany also planned to increase the number of soldiers training Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq to up to 150 from 100.

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German Bundeswehr armed forces soldiers of the 371st armoured infantry battalion march during a media day of the NATO drill 'NOBLE JUMP 2015' at the barracks in Marienberg April 10, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch play German Bundeswehr armed forces soldiers of the 371st armoured infantry battalion march during a media day of the NATO drill 'NOBLE JUMP 2015' at the barracks in Marienberg April 10, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (Reuters)

Germany is ready to send up to 650 soldiers to Mali to bolster the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the West African country and to help France in the region, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday.

"We will shortly ask parliament to approve a mandate of up to 650 soldiers," von der Leyen said after a meeting of the Bundestag lower house of parliament's defence committee.

She added that Germany also planned to increase the number of soldiers training Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq to up to 150 from 100.

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