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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.
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.