World Bulletin / News Desk
The US has decided to transport the American troops in Burundi to Central African Republic (CAR), as part of an international effort to quell sectarian violence in the country.
The decision was taken upon warnings that the country could be on the verge of genocide, in order to assist both French and African Union troops who already have been deployed.
The Pentagon Assistant Press Secretary Carl Woog said in a statement that the decision was made after Hagel spoke Sunday evening in Kabul with French Minister of Defense Yves Le Drian.
"Minister Le Drian requested limited assistance from the United States military to support this international effort, in response to this request, Secretary Hagel has directed US AFRICOM to begin transporting forces from Burundi to the Central African Republic, in coordination with France," Woog said.
Woog added, "The United States is joining the international community in this effort because of our belief that immediate action is required to avert a humanitarian and human rights catastrophe in the Central African Republic, and because of our interest in peace and security in the region. We continue to work to identify additional resources that might be available to help address further requests for assistance to support the international community's efforts in CAR."
The ongoing clashes began when ousted president Francois Bozize failed to live up to his promises of sharing power after his re-election in 2011. A rebel alliance named Seleka launched riots and took control of key towns in the north and central regions. Looting and attacks became widespread across the country as state buildings, ministries and schools were robbed and destroyed. Muslim rebels groups tied to alliance organization Seleka are clashing with Christian fighters.Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Aralık 2013, 09:34