British soldiers training in Malawi ready to enter DR Congo

britishA military team from Northern Ireland is halfway through an intense two month training package preparing forces in the Republic of Malawi in south east Africa prepare for a major a major peace-keeping deployment into the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The NI based troops – drawn from 1 Scots based at Palace Barracks in Holywood and 2 Rifles based at Thiepval Barracks in Lisburn are leading in battle skills training to help prepare soldiers of the Malawi Defence Force who will take control of a large swathe of the Congo where the UN has sanctioned offensive operations to dislodge Rwandan rebel forces operating in the eastern provinces.

The 20 strong NI team is deployed under the wing of 38 (Irish) Brigade.

and say the Malawian forces are not only highly motivated but keen to play their part in bringing peace across a troubled part of Africa.

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