An African army that can quickly respond to crises on the continent is about to become a reality, 13 years after its conception.
From January 2016, the African Standby Force (ASF) will be able to intervene in cases of war crimes, genocide or crimes against humanity if an African Union member state requests assistance or if the AU itself considers the situation serious enough.
It will also be able to provide humanitarian assistance and undertake peacekeeping and observer missions, although any deployment would be subject to donor funding.
This multidisciplinary force will be made up of five brigades – each with police, military and civilian components that could be deployed within 14 days in their own regions.
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Source Credits: Tomi Oladipo in BBC