June 1, 2017 | The Cipher Brief
BANGUI, Central African Republic – Since May 8, fighting in the southeastern city of Bangassou, the southern town of Alindao and the central mining town of Bria has left more than 300 people dead, 200 injured and 70,000 displaced, according to the U.N.
“I think the main wild card would be the U.S. response,” said Aditi Gorur, who researches peacekeeping issues as a director of the Washington-based Stimson Center think tank.
The U.S. government contributed approximately $386 million for MINUSCA and more than $113 million in humanitarian assistance for the country in Fiscal Year 2016, according to a U.S. State Department official.
“At the moment it doesn’t look very promising that the U.S. would agree to a troop ceiling increase anywhere” in the world, Gorur said.
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