African Standby Force: Army Readies for Crises

Members of the Ghanaian Army are pictured. (Photo: Google Images)

Members of the Ghanaian Army are pictured.
(Photo: Google Images)

The BBC is reporting that a unified African army that can quickly respond to crises impacting the continent is coming to fruition.

The BBC writes:

“From January 2016, the African Standby Force (ASF) will be able to intervene in cases of war crimes, genocide or crimes against humanity if an African Union member state requests assistance or if the AU itself considers the situation serious enough.

It will also be able to provide humanitarian assistance and undertake peacekeeping and observer missions, although any deployment would be subject to donor funding.”

This operation has been in the works for 13 years.

Read more at the BBC.

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