UN approves Mali intervention force

Several thousand West African troops would be deployed to expel Islamist fighters from the northern territories of Mali under a resolution approved Thursday by the United Nations Security Council, but only after the Malian army has been trained to spearhead the fight. The unanimous measure also authorizes foreign governments -- most notably the EU and the U.S. -- to provide "any necessary assistance," including lethal force. Military intervention is not expected before next fall, by which time Malians say the militants will be further entrenched.

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