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Neighboring African countries have agreed to send more forces to support the Bozize government.

The ongoing instability already has prompted the United States to evacuate about 40 people, including the U.S. ambassador, from Bangui on an Air Force plane bound for Kenya, U.S. officials said on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the operation.

The U.S. has special forces troops in the country who are assisting in the hunt for Joseph Kony, the fugitive leader of another rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army.

The evacuation of the U.S. diplomats came after criticism of how the U.S. handled diplomatic security before and during the attack on its consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11. The ambassador and three other Americans were killed in that attack.