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African leaders prepare for north Mali assault with over 3000-strong force

West African countries agree to an over 3000-troop invasion of northern Mali. (Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images)

Written by: Alexander Besant

Posted: Nov. 11th, 2012

West African nations have agreed to send a 3,300-strong invasion force to take back northern Mali from Islamists.

The agreement occurred at an emergency summit of ECOWAS, a bloc of West African nations that has been discussing military actions in Mali for the last several months.

“Authority reiterates that dialogue remains the preferred option,” read a statement by West African leaders after the summit, reported iOL News.

“However, recourse to force may be indispensable in order to dismantle terrorist and transnational criminal networks that pose a threat to international peace and security.”

The meeting was convened to create a blueprint for military action, reported Al Jazeera, that would be sent to the UN Security Council for approval.

It is expected to be approved at the UN and could mean military action by the end of the month.

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