Gambian soldiers are warming up

Gambian soldiers are warming up to join the other West African troops and French forces for an International Support Mission for Mali, the military said on Saturday.

“The troops have already completed their training exercise for more than three months and they are now waiting for official order to join their colleagues who have already arrived these days,” it said in a statement.

It did not disclose how the Gambian troops will be sent to the war-torn West African nation, although plans are under way for the Mali-bound deployment.

In July 2012 after his return from the 19th African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh vowed action against Al-Qaida-linked rebels in Mali to ensure peace and stability in the West African region.

The rebels including Al-Qaida’s Maghreb branch AQIM occupied northern Mali in the aftermath of a military coup on March 22, 2012.

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