Regional Coordination Needed to Restore Peace in Sahel

The Tuareg rebellion in northern Mali has pushed tens of thousands of people into Niger where the refugee crisis has intensified a looming food crisis.

12/19/2014
The United States is fully committed to supporting regional counterterrorism efforts and to the wider promotion of stability across the Sahel. More

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