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The Eu ropean Union (EU) has agreed to give more than 50 million Eu ros to fund a new African joint military force in the Sahel region.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, while speaking in Mali's capital Bamako, said stability and development of the Sahel region are crucial not only for Africa but also for Eu rope.

The force will be made up of ten thousand troops from Mauritania, Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso and Niger and become operational by end of the year.

Its main mission will be to combat jihadist groups active in the region, besides tackling trafficking networks and illegal migration.

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