Addis Ababa — The AU said Thursday that it expected to send a temporary deployment of 3,000 troops to West Africa’s Sahel region, where regional forces are struggling to respond to a nearly eight-year-old insurgency by armed Islamists.

The decision was made at the AU summit earlier in February, Smail Chergui, head of the AU’s Peace and Security Commission said, but the announcement was not made until Thursday...

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