DARFUR….Possibly some good news on the Darfur front:

Gordon Brown scored a dramatic first foreign policy victory last night when the UN security council voted to deploy a 26,000-strong international force to Darfur, with a mandate to stop the massacres of civilians which have driven 2 million people from their homes.

….The UN vote will dispatch a hybrid force of 19,555 UN and African Union (AU) soldiers and more than 6,000 police from around the world. They are due to take over from a largely ineffectual 7,000-strong AU force in the western Sudan by the end of the year, and will have a much more muscular mandate.

There’s no guarantee yet that (a) the UN member countries will actually come though with the troops or (b) Sudan will allow the troops to be deployed. But it’s a start.

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