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Europe Weighs Funding Rwandan Troops Fighting Islamic State

  • Conflict is near some of the world’s biggest gas reserves
  • France and Italy are strongly backing the move in Mozambique
Rwandan soldiers in Kigali, Rwanda.

Rwandan soldiers in Kigali, Rwanda.

Photographer: Simon Wohlfahrt/AFP/Getty Images

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The European Union is considering providing financial support to Rwandan troops fighting an armed Islamic State-linked force in Mozambique’s gas-rich northeastern region.

The insurgency by Islamist fighters that began in the region in 2017 has left more than 3,000 people dead and displaced nearly a million, and prompted French energy company TotalEnergies SE to suspend a $20 billion natural gas project. Were production to begin, it would offer Europe an alternative source of supplies at a time when Russia is restricting gas sales to the continent.