EU to send military force to Central African Republic

French troops secure an area after protesters from an angry mob set fire to the dead body of a Muslim man along a street in Bangui, January 19, 2014. REUTERS-Emmanuel Braun

French troops secure an area after protesters from an angry mob set fire to the dead body of a Muslim man along a street in Bangui, January 19, 2014.   Credit: REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun

(Reuters) – European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to send up to 1,000 soldiers to help stabilize Central African Republic, the EU’s first major military operation in six years, a diplomatic source said.

Ministers meeting in Brussels approved an outline plan to send a battalion-sized force to the violence-torn country but detailed military plans still need to be worked out.

African Union (AU) peacekeeping soldiers take position after hearing repeated gun shots in a street of the capital Bangui January 19, 2014. REUTERS-Siegfried Modola

African Union (AU) peacekeeping soldiers take position after hearing repeated gun shots in a street of the capital Bangui January 19, 2014.   REUTERS-Siegfried Modola

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