Tuesday, February 19, 2013 4:40 am
German Cabinet approves Mali mission
The Associated Press
The plan passed Tuesday, which still needs Parliament's approval, does not authorize any German participation in combat operations.
Up to 180 soldiers will be part of the European Union's task force of about 500 that is being sent from nations across the 27-nation bloc to help train the Malian army.
Its goal is to make that army good enough to patrol the whole country, including its huge northern region, where French and African troops are fighting to unseat Islamist rebels.
The decision allows for up to 150 Germans to take part in ongoing aerial transport and refueling operations.