The U.S. Air Force will help send peacekeepers to the Central African Republic. The Air Force will use its planes to help the peacekeepers on a mission after France asked for the support. The Defense Department has confirmed the flights will start soon.
The Air Force is responding to a request from France, according to CNN. It is expected that 850 peacekeepers will be sent to the Central African Republic. They are coming from Africa and Europe. The country has had ongoing fighting with various rebel groups trying to take control.
The Pentagon and President Barack Obama have promised to help the efforts in the Central African Republic that are focused on restoring peace. Both have issued statements to show their support. Now, the Air Force is getting ready to help with the transportation of people.
The violence in the Central African Republic is escalating. Rebels groups are fighting on a daily basis, and religious issues play a part. Many people have been displaced. Some have gone into hiding and are suffering in terrible conditions. The international community has decided that sending peacekeepers is the right solution right now. The U.S. is not sending troops at this time, but it is offering assistance
The United States Air Force plans to use C-17s for the transportation. The 850 African troops it will be helping will make up a larger group. France is sending 1,600 troops to the area. The hope is that the troops can stop the violence and rebel groups from growing.
The international community views the Central African Republic as an area in crisis that must be helped. The United States Air Force will be doing its part to assist others. The U.N. Security Council has approved the current measures and feels they are necessary to restore peace in the region.
The Air Force will be starting the mission immediately. It will transport the troops to Bangui. The U.S. military is also standing by to see if it can offer other types of assistance. The U.S. is not sending its own troops for now. There will be limited security on the planes.
The international community wants new elections to be held in the Central African Republic. However, the violence must be stopped first. This will take time and effort. The first wave of troops being sent now may not be enough, and more troops may be required in the future.