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EU to Deploy Drones, Warships Against Human Traffickers

The Belgian Navy Vessel Godetia during a migrants search and rescue mission in the mediterranean sea off the Sicilian coast on June 21, 2015.
Photographer: Gregorio Borgia/AP Photo
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European Union militaries were ordered to step up surveillance in the south-central Mediterranean Sea in preparation for possible combat against human-trafficking gangs operating out of Libya.

In a prelude to the bloc’s riskiest military venture ever, EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg approved the dispatch of five warships, two submarines, three reconnaissance planes, three helicopters and two drones to monitor smugglers and help with rescues at sea.