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Topic - Jean-Yves Le Drian
The exodus of tens of thousands of Muslims from Central African Republic amounts to "ethnic cleansing," a top U.N. official and Amnesty International said Wednesday. The rights group warned that the sectarian bloodshed now underway despite the presence of thousands of peacekeepers is a "tragedy of historic proportions."
The United States does not need the permission of the United Nations or any other international body for a military strike against Syria to retaliate for its use of chemical weapons against civilians, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday.
France's defense minister said the military has killed "hundreds" of Islamist militants in Mali in the past month.
Neither France nor Europe will intervene militarily to oust al Qaeda and its allies from northern Mali — not even with airstrikes, the French defense minister said Tuesday.
French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on France-Inter radio that French troops were poised to remain longer.
Meanwhile, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian pledged Wednesday on a visit to Central African Republic to continue disarming both Muslim and Christian fighters.