World Bulletin / News Desk
Government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a news conference in Berlin that cabinet members decided on Wednesday to continue the German military's training mission for Kurdish Peshmerga militia and Iraqi forces fighting the extrem group in provinces bordering Syria.
“The mandate will be extended until 31 January 2018, and the ceiling on troops will remain at 150,” he said.
Seibert said the mission had proved successful over the last two years in enhancing the capabilities of forces fighting ISIL, also known as ISIL.
Germany has been an active partner of the international coalition against ISIL since 2015, and has deployed nearly 150 troops in the northern Iraq city of Erbil, to train local forces there.
Seibert noted that following Wednesday’s cabinet decision, the government would seek parliamentary authorization for the mandate.
This approval is almost certain as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition partners enjoy an overwhelming parliamentary majority.
In an interview with Italian daily La Stampa, Sicily-based prosecutor Carmelo Zuccaro made his most specific claims yet over NGO activities off Libya, which the EU border agency Frontex recently described as tantamount to providing a "taxi" service to Europe.
Israeli police arrest 18-year-old Palestinian suspected of attacking Israelis at Tel Aviv hotel
"The posters are printed by the candidates themselves and it is up to them to hand them in to the electoral commission before the deadline" of April 10, the ministry said.
It marked the first loss for the security body's Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine since Europe's only war began more than three years ago.
Camp Lemonnier, home to some 4,000 US soldiers and contractors, is vital to US military operations in Somalia against militant groups like Al-Shabaab, and also provides support for US operations in Yemen, where special forces regularly carry out drone strikes against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Victims were caught in fight between ISIL and Iraqi forces
"Let's see if we can go eat them for breakfast," he says with an ominous chuckle.
Mass abstentions could mar one of the most unpredictable presidential elections in France's recent history
The Palestinian medical sources said dozens of residents from the hardline settlement of Yitzhar went to the neighbouring village of Urif and threw stones at residents who responded in kind.
After tense negotiations with security forces blocking their way, protesters in Caracas were allowed to march to their destination, the headquarters of the Catholic bishops' conference.
On Saturday, police arrested a man carrying a knife at Paris's Gare du Nord station, briefly causing panic as some passengers rushed out of the way.
The UN has accused the Nsapu rebellion of using child soldiers and committing several atrocities, while also denouncing the disproportionate use of force by the military.
Charles Taylor was elected Liberia's president from 1999 to 2003, when he also supported Revolutionary United Front rebels in neighbouring Sierra Leone.
Rabat condemned its North African neighbour's "inhumane behaviour" towards the refugees who included "women and children in a very vulnerable situation".
Egypt has freed US charity worker who had been held for three years in pretrial detention on human trafficking charges widely dismissed as bogus by human rights groups.
A Russian agent namely would likely have concealed his or her true role or identity while speaking with foreign policy adviser Carter Page, who has denied any links to Moscow