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Italy to Send Up to 470 Troops to Niger to Curb People-smuggling
« on: December 29, 2017, 05:28:04 AM »

Italy aims to deploy up to 470 troops to Niger to help tackle people-smuggling, the military General Staff said Thursday.

Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Sunday some of the 1,400 Italian troops now stationed in Iraq could be transferred to the Sahel region in West Africa which includes Niger after victories against Islamist militants in Iraq.

Gentiloni said the redeployed troops could also help to combat terrorism in the Sahel.

The General Staff said in a statement that a reconnaissance mission was under way in Niger to help decide the scale of the assistance, which the African country's government has requested but which still needs to be approved by Italy's parliament.

If the necessary approval is given, Italy would aim to gradually send up to 470 troops, probably posting an average of 250 over the course of a year, the statement said.

"The aim of the mission is to increase the operational capacity of the Niger forces and put them in a position to guarantee stability in the area and fight illegal trafficking of migrants," it added.

Italy's president dissolved parliament Thursday ahead of an election due in March, but lawmakers will continue to meet, and could approve Gentiloni's request to transfer the personnel.

Italy is especially keen to help tackle the people-smuggling gangs because it has borne the brunt of seaborne illegal migration to Europe from Africa.



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