EU to double funding for military force in West Africa’s Sahel region

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The European Union is set to double its funding for a multi-national military operation in West Africa’s Sahel region to counter Islamist insurgencies, EU diplomats said, part of a broader effort to fight militants and people traffickers.

At a donor conference of some 50 countries including the United States, Japan and Norway, military power France hopes to win enough backing to allow a regional force first proposed four years ago to be fully operational later this year.

Kome 2b“There is a direct European interest in restoring stability to the region,” a senior EU diplomat said. “There is a…

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