British troops will be sent to Africa to help counter the threat of Islamist extremists in the region, David Cameron has said.
The Prime Minister said that up to 300 soldiers will be deployed in South Sudan as part of a peace-keeping mission while a further 70 will be sent to Somalia to support attempts to defeat the terrorist group Al-Shabab.
Mr Cameron suggested that bringing stability to both countries could help ease the migration crisis that is seeing hundreds of thousands of migrants cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe.
And he said that it is right that Britain is “stepping up and playing a greater role”.
He also suggested bringing stability to both countries could help ease the migration crisis that is seeing hundreds of thousands of migrants cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe.
All the troops sent to the region will be involved in peace-keeping efforts rather than any active combat, with a focus on training, logistical support and engineering help.
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