Germany to withdraw troops from Mali by 2024 – DW – 11/22/2022

The German government is planning to start pulling back troops from Mali in summer 2023 and complete the withdrawal a year later,  spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said in a statement on Tuesday.

The West African nation has been fighting a jihadist insurgency for more than a decade. 

Over 1,000 German troops have been deployed in Mali near the northern town of Gao. They were tasked with gathering reconnaissance for the UN peacekeeping mission MINUSMA.

A ‘structured end’ to Germany’s mission in Mali 

The government is proposing to parliament that Germany’s commitment to the MINUSMA operation be extended “in May 2023 for the last time by a year, in order to bring this mission to a structured end after 10 years,” Hebestreit said in a statement.

The German press agency dpa earlier…

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