Saturday, March 2, 2019

US Scales Back Counterterrorism Effort in Africa

The New York Times published on 1 March 2019 an article titled "Where Terrorism Is Rising in Africa and the U.S. Is Leaving" by Eric Schmitt.

About 6,000 United States troops (many stationed at the U.S. military base in Djibouti) and 1,000 Defense Department civilians or contractors work throughout Africa, mainly training and conducting exercises with local forces. The Trump administration is scaling back this engagement when terrorism is on the rise in parts of Africa and as US Africa policy shifts to a focus on countering China and Russia on the continent.

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