Latvian troops to help against Daesh starting February

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Latvia will participate in the military operation against the Daesh (Islamic State) terrorist organization starting February of 2016 with up to ten soldiers, according to the Defense Ministry, reported LETA newswire Wednesday.

It has not yet been confirmed officially, but Latvia is planning on participating in the mission for a period of two years - until February 1, 2018.

Meanwhile, the National Armed Forces will begin participation in the UN-led stabilization mission in Mali from February 2016.

The Latvian soldiers are not expected to participate in battle operations.

At the moment, there are seven Latvian soldiers participating in the EU-led training mission in Mali.

Latvia could also decide on sending additional troops to EU or UN led missions in Africa, which would free up more French soldiers to join up in the fighting against the Islamic State.

As reported, France has asked the Baltics to send troops to Africa to provide some relief for the French forces so that they can focus on the attacks on the Islamic State group which has claimed responsibility for the last month's attacks in Paris.

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