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ECOWAS to send 2,000 troops to Mali

ECOWAS to send 2,000 troops to Mali

Military chiefs from the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) have agreed to deploy a 2,000-strong African intervention force in Mali before January 26.

The Ecowas meeting was held in Bamako on Wednesday to address the ongoing violence in northern Mali controlled by Islamist rebels. The first troops from Nigeria are expected to arrive on Thursday.

The Ecowas also ruled that the success of the operation depends on effective cooperation with the French army.

Paris launched a counter-terror operation in Mali last week.

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