Czech Republic to deploy anti-terrorism troops to Somalia

January 28, 2020 (AO) – Czech Republic’s defence ministry plan to deploy troops to the African continent was on Monday approved by the government.

The service members will join Operation Barkhane, France’s largest overseas military mission.

It has been working to root out Islamic militants roaming the Sahel region. The government said Somali, Mali, Niger and Chad approved the Czech deployment. The Czechs will help local troops fight Islamic militants.

The plan to deploy Czech forces in the mission until the end of 2022 still needs parliamentary approval.

The Czechs already have some 120 troops in Mali as a part of an European Union training mission.