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Military of 20 European Nations in Mali. Germans are training 600 Malian soldiers.

German soldiers in Mali.

German soldiers in Mali.

European Union EU nations have been training the Malian army so it can meet security challenges caused by regional al Qaida and Tuareg rebels.


The EU training mission is based in Koulikoro, 60 kilometers (37 miles) north from the Malian capital of Bamako, located on banks of the Niger River. The mission has been there since April 2013.  Some 500 European military live and work here. There is a canteen, a military clinic, classrooms and  bars. Also a pizza oven which the Germans and Italians have built. A short distance away are the tents housing the Malians they are training.

20 European nations are there, all with different duties. A group of 90 medical personnel from the Bundeswehr, Germany’s armed forces, runs the clinic. A further 30 German troops have been training four battalions of Malian engineers, 600 men altogether. They are training them for deployment in the north of Mali. GO TO SOURCE HERE