UN OKs Force in Central African Republic
France, African Union will step up military action in unraveling nation
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 5, 2013 10:12 AM CST
Captain Osman listens to Colonel Anuar Mustapha during a briefing of Seleka soldiers manning a checkpoint in Boali, some 80kms (50 miles) North of Bangui, Central African Republic, Wednesday Dec. 4, 2013....   (Jerome Delay)
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(Newser) – The UN Security Council has authorized increased military action by France and African troops to try to end near-anarchy in the Central African Republic. The council unanimously approved a French-sponsored resolution today aimed at restoring security and protecting civilians in the impoverished country. The authorization is expected to lead to an increase in troops for an African Union-led force and French troops. The nation has seen an upsurge in Muslim-Christian violence along with widespread killings, torture, and rape. The situation has deteriorated rapidly recently, with France vowing last week to send 1,000 troops.