Troops could be headed to Mali to fight Islamist extremists

Summit of African leaders approved a proposal Sunday to send 3,300 troops to maili to help evict Islamist radicals who have taken control of that country’s northern territory.

From Vladimir Duthiers, CNN
updated 5:12 AM EST, Mon November 12, 2012
 
LAGOS, Nigeria (CNN) — A summit of African leaders approved a proposal Sunday to send 3,300 troops to Mali to help evict Islamist radicals who have taken control of that country’s northern territory. But a spokesman for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says more steps are needed before any troops are deployed.
“ECOWAS has adopted the concept of operation for a military force,” spokesman Sunny Ugoh told CNN by phone. “This will now be presented to the African Union Peace and Security Council, and from there, to the United Nations Security Council. Within the context of implementing resolution 2071, the troop size will increase and will require the participation of other African countries.”
 
 

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