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June 16, 2016
UN mulls Mali mission as body count mounts
Bamako (AFP) June 12, 2016
As the United Nations looks to extend its most deadly active mission for peacekeepers for another year, those working closely with its venture in Mali say poor local collaboration and funding gaps are costing lives. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked the Security Council to approve 2,500 extra troops and police for the Mali force, known by the acronym MINUSMA, and to keep the mission in place until June 2017. Increasingly relentless jihadist attacks and growing hostility from locals have ... read more

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