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EU approves military plan to target traffickers


 European Union nations have approved plans for a naval operation to go after the trafficking networks that send thousands of migrants across the Mediterranean toward Europe and NATO says it is ready to help out if needed.

   Two diplomats told the AP the plan was approved by European foreign and defense ministers at meeting in Brussels Monday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had yet to be officially announced.

   EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said she expects the operation could be fully launched next month after the pledging of military equipment and military preparations. At the same time, EU officials would continue looking for a UN resolution that would give EU nations certainty they could fully commit to chasing the traffickers and destroy their boats.

   Despite the show of unity on the military action, the EU showed increasing division on the plan for mandatory quotas for member states to take in refugees, with Spain now joining other major EU nations like France and Britain speaking out against it.

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