African Union agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria

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DDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday.

The move came after the council urged heads of state to endorse the deployment of troops from five West African countries to fight the extremist group, according to Samil Chergui, head of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council.

African leaders, who are members of the 54-nation African Union, are meeting in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa for a two-day summit that ends Saturday. Read more…

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