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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.
Police said the suspect, 25-year-old Alek Minassian, was not known to them before Monday's carnage in Canada's most populous city, which also left 15 people injured.
At least 41 Palestinians were martyred by Israeli gunfire on Gaza border since March 30
Talks are expected to tackle the possibility of U.S. troop withdrawal from war-torn Syria
Plans to roll out an appeals process globally in coming months came as Facebook provided a first-ever look at internal standards used to decide what posts go too far in terms of hateful or threating speech.
John Bolton led Gatestone Institute from 2013 until he took his White House position earlier this month
Attack ‘not part of a wider plot and there is no threat to national security’, says public safety minister
That vote, scheduled to take place at about 5:00 pm (2100 GMT), would not end the nomination, but would put a negative recommendation in the hands of the closely-divided full Senate -- where his approval is not guaranteed.
The company said in a message to customers that the attack was detected on January 14, at a time when the app had 14 million users in the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan and Turkey, according to the economic news website Arabian Business.
We hope everyone remains fully committed to implementation and long-term preservation, says UN under-secretary-general
Obama, who met with Mandela in 2005 and who made an emotional address at his funeral, will speak at the lecture marking 100 years since the anti-apartheid icon was born.
A total of 41 Gazans have been martyred by Israeli gunfire since March 30
On Thursday, Iraqi F-16 fighter jets struck ISIL positions in Syria
On Thursday, Iraqi F-16 fighter jets struck ISIL locations in neighboring Syria
Turkish Historical Society head cites research from past wars
Palestinian president stresses on 2-state solution to conflict, calls East Jerusalem capital