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AU Says It's Progressing to Military Force by End of 2015

Africa is making progress towards a regional military force by the end of next year, a senior African Union official said on Wednesday, as local leaders urged less reliance on foreign intervention. Delays in implementing the African Standby Force (ASF) forced African states to request French intervention to tackle crises last year in Mali and Central African Republic. African officials have voiced skepticism that the 5,000-strong force, under discussion for more than a decade, would be...

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