West Country soldiers in Mali

Soldiers from West Country based First Battalion The Rifles are in Mali training local troops for their war against Islamist rebels. The Ministry of Defence says they won't be drawn in to the fighting.

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West Country soldiers head to Africa

Soldiers from First Battalion The Rifles preparing for their trip Credit: ITV News West Country

Soldiers from the south west have just arrived in the West African state of Mali where Islamist rebels are in an open war with the government.

The Ministry of Defence says they won't get involved in fighting in the former French colony.

The soldiers have now left the UK and are in Marli Credit: ITV News West Country

West Country soldiers train Mali troops

The 21 men are all volunteers and will be in west Africa for ten weeks Credit: ITV News West Country

Soldiers from West Country based First Battalion The Rifles are in Mali training local troops for their war against Islamist rebels.

The Ministry of Defence says they won't be drawn in to the fighting. The 21 men are all volunteers and will be in west Africa for ten weeks.

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