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A canadian soldier of the MINUSMA (United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali) marches at the contigents' camp in Gao on July 31, 2018. Canadian troops have been arriving in Mali since the end of July 2018 to take part in the peacekeeping mission, considered the UN's deadliest. A spokesman for Canada's defense ministry said the mission "is planned from August 2018 to July 2019." In March, Ottawa announced its decision to deploy for a year an air support force including two Chinook helicopters for medical evacuations and transportation, as well as four Griffon armed helicopters and a contingent of about 250 soldiers. / AFP PHOTO / SEYLLOU

Canada launches peacekeeping mission in Mali

Canadian armed forces officially launched their peacekeeping mission in restive northern Mali Tuesday, marking Ottawa's return to the blue helmets after more than a decade.

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