YEMEN: ‘ SEVEN YEMENI HOSTAGES FREED & SEVEN AL-QAEDA KILLED ‘

#AceWorldNews – YEMEN – Nov.25 – Seven Yemeni hostages and a foreigner were freed by the country’s security forces during a special operation, state news agency Saba quoted the Yemeni supreme security committee as saying in a statement.

Seven Al-Qaeda members, who were behind the kidnapping of the hostages, were killed during the mission and one person from the rescue team was wounded.

The location of the operation and the nationality of the foreign hostage were not revealed.

It was also not specified when and where the individuals were taken hostage.

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GERMANY: ‘ PLANNING INCREASE IN TROOP NUMBERS IN AFGHANISTAN TO TRAIN LOCALS ‘

#AceWorldNews – GERMANY – Nov.18 – According to a NATO press release Germany plans to keep up to 850 soldiers in Afghanistan in 2015 to help train local armed forces. 

A German Defence Ministry spokesman on Tuesday confirmed a Sueddeutsche Zeitung report that the number had been revised up slightly.

The German military will continue to be responsible for the international mission in northern Afghanistan, he said.

Germany has had some 3,200 soldiers in Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led mission, and Berlin had been planning to reduce that to a force of 600 to 800 soldiers from January. 

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