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Saturday, August 4, 2007

U.N. Approves Up to 26,000 Troops, Police for Darfur

"UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - This week the U.N. Security Council authorized up to 26,000 troops and police for Darfur and approved the use of force to protect civilians in Sudan's arid western region."

"Expected to cost more than $2 billion in the first year, the combined "hybrid" U.N.-African Union operation aims to quell violence in Darfur, where more than 2.1 million people have been driven into camps and an estimated 200,000 have died over the past four years......."

"....The resolution authorizes up to 19,555 military personnel and 6,432 civilian police, which if deployed would be the world's largest peacekeeping force....".

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