Darfur Peacekeepers Finally Get Choppers

17.02.10

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U.N. helicopter. Photo via State Department.

by DAVID AXE

With some 20,000 troops and police, the U.N.-African Union Mission in Darfur, or UNAMID, is one of the biggest peacekeeping operations in the world. But with some 200,000 square miles to patrol, even 20,000 blue helmets don’t stretch far.

So it was with great fanfare that the three-year-old force finally got its first helicopters this week: five Ethiopian Mil transports. “This will make a huge difference,” spokesman Noureddine Mezni told Reuters. “We still need more, at least 18 in total. … Imagine managing without this mobility in such a huge area.”

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