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UN Security Council Authorizes African Military Force in Mali

December 20, 2012

The United Nations Security Council today approved the deployment of an African force to retake northern Mali from extremists linked to al-Qaeda along with training and equipment for Malian soldiers.

The UN’s decision-making body unanimously authorized an African-led mission for an initial period of one year to “take all necessary measures” to regain control of territory that fell under Islamist groups after a coup in March. The resolution asks for progress in political talks and verified training among the conditions for military action.

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