THE African Union –AU, has announced the temporary deployment of a 3,000-strong force in West Africa’s Sahel region.
Head of the AU’s Peace and Security Commission, Smail Chergui said on Thursday the decision was taken during the bloc’s annual summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, last month.
“On the decision of the summit to work on deploying a force of 3,000 troops to help the Sahel countries degrade terrorist groups, I think this is a decision that we’ll be working on together with the G5 Sahel and ECOWAS,” Chergui said at a news conference.
“I think this decision was taken because as we see, as you can recognize yourself, the threat is expanding, it’s becoming more complex.”
Last week, the UN said more than 4,000 people in Burkina Faso are being forced to flee as attacks on civilians by armed groups increase in number and frequency.