UN OKs Force in Central African Republic

France, African Union will step up military action in unraveling nation
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 5, 2013 10:12 AM CST
UN OKs Force in Central African Republic
Captain Osman listens to Colonel Anuar Mustapha during a briefing of Seleka soldiers manning a checkpoint in Boali, some 80kms (50 miles) North of Bangui, Central African Republic, Wednesday Dec. 4, 2013. To try to put an end to sectarian violence, the UN security council is scheduled to pass a motion...   (Jerome Delay)

The UN Security Council has authorized increased military action by France and African troops to try to end near-anarchy in the Central African Republic. The council unanimously approved a French-sponsored resolution today aimed at restoring security and protecting civilians in the impoverished country. The authorization is expected to lead to an increase in troops for an African Union-led force and French troops. The nation has seen an upsurge in Muslim-Christian violence along with widespread killings, torture, and rape. The situation has deteriorated rapidly recently, with France vowing last week to send 1,000 troops. (Read more Central African Republic stories.)

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