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Germany suspends military operations in Mali: defence ministry

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The German defence ministry said Friday it had suspended most of its operations in Mali after the local military-led government denied flyover rights to a UN peacekeeping mission.

“The Malian government has once again refused to give flyover rights to a flight planned for today” for the rotation of personnel, a spokesman for the defence ministry said at a regular press conference. In response, Germany had decided to “suspend until further notice┬áthe operations of our reconnaissance forces and CH-53 transport flights”.

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