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UK troops in Mali training mission

UK troops in Mali training mission
David Cameron will travel to Algeria tomorrow for talks with leaders in the wake of the terrorist attack which left six Britons dead.

The Prime Minister will hold talks with his Algerian counterpart Abdelmalek Sellal, before attending an international development conference in Liberia.

It comes after the Government announced it was sending a total force of up to 330 UK troops to tackle Islamist insurgents in Mali.

Forty soldiers will join the European Union training force while 200 will support AFISMA, the African-led International Support Mission to Mali. Twenty people are already working on C17 transports and 70 more will operate Sentinel surveillance aircraft.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond insisted none of the troops would be used in combat roles, and also downplayed the possibility of them performing troop protection services.

The move follows a phone call between David Cameron and French president Francois Hollande on Sunday, in which the Prime Minister said he was "keen" to offer more British help.

Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy said Labour supported the move, but argued there was a "big question" about how British personnel would be protected from possible attacks from rebels.

“The Government has to be clear. Have they got a deal with the French, that French Special Forces and others would protect UK trainers? Are we expected to do it ourselves?" he told Sky News.

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