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Germany to deploy Tiger and NH90s to Mali

13th January 2017 - 15:29 GMT | by Nicholas Fiorenza in Brussels

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The German government on 11 January approved the deployment of four Tiger attack and four NH90 medical evacuation helicopters to Mali to replace the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) Apaches and Chinooks being withdrawn.

The deployment is subject to parliamentary approval for raising the ceiling on German troops in Mali from 650 to 1,000.

Based in Gao, the helicopters will support the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), which the Bundeswehr describes as the UN's most dangerous peacekeeping mission.

The Tigers will provide protection to the NH90s, as did the RNLAF Apaches to the deployed Chinooks.

The German

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