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UN’s Ban Recommends Putting 11,200 Peacekeepers in Mali

As many as 11,200 United Nations peacekeepers and a special counterterrorist unit should be deployed to Mali to take over the fight against Islamic insurgents in the land-locked African nation, relieving France, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said in a report.

Ban laid out Mali options for the UN Security Council in the 26-page document, obtained yesterday, as France seeks to withdraw 4,000 troops following its January intervention to rid the north of Islamist militants. About 7,000 African troops already there should become a UN peacekeeping force, Ban said.