US Gov't Peacekeeping Issues

Morocco seeks to pre-empt UN rights debate on W.Sahara

Published March 18, 2014 by Global Post
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Morocco is seeking to forestall UN Security Council debate on its rights record in Western Sahara when the mandate of the territory's peacekeepers is renewed, with several reform announcements.

Last year, Washington sought to task the peacekeeping force, known as MINURSO, with human rights monitoring in Western Sahara, an unexpected move fiercely opposed by Morocco, which controls most of the disputed territory and is highly sensitive to criticism of its policies there.

Blog: Serbia's Growing Role as a UN Peacekeeping Troop Contributor

Published March 9, 2014 by DipNote
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Only decades removed from the conflicts in its own recent history, the Republic of Serbia is clearly demonstrating its commitment to promoting peace and security by working to train and equip its armed forces to take part in international peacekeeping. The United States is supporting Serbia’s efforts to take on this important mission through the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) -- a State Department-led effort to help meet the growing global demand for trained peacekeeping personnel.

Central African Republic: Political Wrangling Stymies Car Peacekeeping Force

Published March 3, 2014 by All Africa
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United Nations — Budget constraints in Washington and obstinacy at the highest levels of the African Union (AU) have combined to dangerously delay a possible U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), according to sources close to negotiations currently underway in New York.

3-star AFRICOM commander details future missions on the continent

Published February 10, 2014 by Military Times
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The Marine Corps’ partnership with African military forces is likely to expand as those nations look to the U.S. for the training and expertise they need to combat violent extremist organizations, insurgencies, piracy or threatening neighbors, according to a top officer at U.S. Africa Command.

Fifteen of the 20 most fragile nations in the world — those on the brink of collapse — are in Africa, as are more than half the U.S. embassies that the State Department calls “high risk” and in need of additional Marine security guards.

Central African Republic violence: US to fly in peacekeepers

Published December 9, 2013 by BBC News
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The US is to help fly African Union peacekeeping troops into the Central African Republic (CAR), officials say.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered US forces "to begin transporting forces from Burundi to the Central African Republic," his spokesman said in a statement.

U.S. pledges $40 million for Central Africa peacekeepers as violence escalates

Published November 20, 2013 by Reuters
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(Reuters) - The United States expressed concern on Wednesday about growing violence and lawlessness in Central African Republic and pledged $40 million toward an African Union-led peacekeeping force to bolster security throughout the country and protect civilians.

In Egypt’s Sinai, rising militancy threatens peacekeeping force

Published August 27, 2013 by The Washington Post
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A dramatic rise in militancy and violence in the vast Sinai desert is increasingly threatening a peacekeeping force there that includes nearly 700 U.S. troops acting as guarantors of a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, according to Western military officials.

U.S. defense chief in Afghanistan ahead of drawdown decision

Published December 12, 2012 by Reuters
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(Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta met top commanders in Kabul on Wednesday to finalize options for President Barack Obama on how many troops to keep in Afghanistan after the NATO mission ends in 2014 and the war is declared over.

Pentagon Says Afghan Forces Still Need Assistance

Published December 11, 2012 by The New York Times
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WASHINGTON — As President Obama considers how quickly to withdraw the remaining 68,000 American troops in Afghanistan and turn over the war to Afghan security forces, a bleak new Pentagon report has found that only one of the Afghan National Army’s 23 brigades is able to operate independently without air or other military support from the United States and NATO partners.

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