British military advisers to carry out training for Malian armed forces

1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiments' homecoming parade in 2011 Credit: ITV News Central

British military advisers are to carry out training for the Malian armed forces fighting Islamist extremists in the west African state.

21 soldiers from 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment, who are based as Ternhill in Shropshire, will do the infantry training and 12 personnel will carry out mortar and artillery training.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond confirmed the training which is due to start in spring. He said, "We welcome the Irish contribution which will help develop further working relations between our two countries."