On 17 January 2013, the Council of the European Union approved the establishment of an EU Training Mission in Mali (EUTM Mali) to train Malian soldiers. One month later, on 18 February 2013, it approved the deployment of the mission.
EUTM Mali provides military and training guidance for the Malian armed forces operating under the control of the legitimate civilian government to enable them to carry out missions to restore Mali’s territorial integrity and reduce the threat posed by terrorist groups. EUTM Mali does not take part in combat operations. On 28 January 2015, the German cabinet extended Germany’s participation in EUTM Mali until 31 May 2016 and raised the personnel ceiling from 250 to 350 soldiers.
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