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Central African Republic unrest: US to fly in peacekeepers

9 December 2013 Last updated at 22:53 GMT

The US is to help fly African Union peacekeeping troops into the Central African Republic (CAR), officials say.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered US forces "to begin transporting forces from Burundi to the Central African Republic," his spokesman said in a statement.

It follows a request from France, which has deployed 1,600 soldiers to the CAR.

The BBC's Thomas Fessy reports from Bossangoa, where the fighting has been intense.

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