Germany's Cabinet approved on Jan. 11 a plan to deploy an additional 350 troops and at least eight attack and transport helicopters to the U.N. mission in Mali, Reuters reported. The helicopters will replace those of the Dutch military; the additional soldiers will service and maintain them. The additional troops will bring the number of German troops in Mali to about 1,000. Germany's lower house of parliament still must approve the deployment. Mali's vast and unforgiving terrain, its position next to weak states, and the presence of militant actors and various local grievances they can draw upon make the U.N. mission an uphill fight.