Germany extends military missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Mali
(AP Photo/Michael Sohn). From left, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Peter Altmaier, Head of the Federal Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Tasks, smile at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting...
(AP Photo/Michael Sohn). German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, March 7, 2018.
(AP Photo/Michael Sohn). German Chancellor Angela Merkel, fifth left, and the ministers of the German government gather for the weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, March 7, 2018.
BERLIN (AP) - Germany is extending six overseas military missions, including its long-running operation in Afghanistan.
Cabinet agreed Wednesday to increase the maximum number of troops deployed as part of the international "Resolute Support" mission by 320 to 1,300.
The German army has its headquarters in Afghanistan in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif and a large base near the central city of Kunduz.
Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said the number of German troops involved combating the Islamic State group in Iraq will be reduced to 800, but the military training mission will be expanded to include the Iraqi army. Previously training was only provided to Kurdish forces fighting IS.
Cabinet also extended the German military's missions in Mali, Darfur, South Sudan and the NATO-led "Sea Guardian" operation in the Mediterranean.
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