French troops have now taken control of Kidal in the north of Mali. French troops are fighting largely alone. European ministers are preparing a training mission to help Malian to defend themselves.
The Bundeswehr is sending hundreds of its soldiers to the dangerous northern region of Mali. They will support a UN peacekeeping mission in an area fraught by conflict between Islamist groups and Tuareg rebels.
In the wake of the Paris attacks, France has asked its European partners for military aid in the fight against Islamists. Germany's Bundeswehr could complement French forces - for example, in Mali.
Germany, France and the UK have endorsed the missile strike on a Syrian army base, which the US launched in retaliation to the suspected gas attack in Syria. DW brings you the latest reactions from around the world.
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