Swedish troops to fight Sa­hel mil­i­tants

Pretoria News - - WORLD -

SWE­DEN’S gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day said it had de­cided to send troops to Mali to join French-led spe­cial forces that are fight­ing mil­i­tants linked to al-Qaeda and Is­lamic State in the Sa­hel re­gion of North Africa.

The So­cial Demo­crat and Green coali­tion said that Swe­den would con­trib­ute a rapid re­ac­tion force of up to 150 troops and he­li­copters as part of in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to boost se­cu­rity in the re­gion.

“That, in its turn, will make it eas­ier to carry out de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in Mali which are needed to pro­mote a sus­tain­able and peace­ful de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try,” For­eign Min­is­ter Ann Linde said.

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