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05TRIPOLI290 2005-12-01 11:12:00 SECRET Embassy Tripoli
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THE NORTH AFRICAN BRIGADE OF THE AFRICAN UNION PEACE AND

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1. (S) According to press reports, army chiefs of staff from
Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and "the Western Sahara
Republic," announced November 17 the creation of a joint military
force. We obtained additional information about the agreement
in November 29 meetings with the Egyptian Embassy and the
visiting Canadian regional defense attache.



2. (S) The Canadian was well informed. He told us an agreement
was indeed signed in Tripoli to create a North African Brigade
for the African Union Peace and Security Council. Under the
agreement, the Brigade would consist of two Algerian battalions,
an Egyptian battalion, a Libyan battalion, an Egyptian
headquarters element, and a Western Sahara reconnaissance unit
(which in actuality would be run by the Algerians). Logistical
bases may be located in Egypt and Algeria. The Brigade is
supposed to be stood up by 2010, but both the Canadian, and the
Egyptians were skeptical it will ever see the light of day. The
Egyptians commented that they were in no hurry to move things
forward, but confirmed that the HQ would be Egyptian.

Goldrich
BERRY


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