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US Backs Formation of W. African Force to Battle Boko Haram

The United States supports the creation of a West African force of up to 10,000 troops to fight Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, a U.S. defense official said Wednesday. The 54-nation African Union has approved the force and has asked the United Nations to endorse it urgently. The group has launched attacks in northeastern Nigeria and neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon as it seeks to carve out an Islamic state. Amanda J. Dory, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for African...

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