US soldiers set for African missions

Thousands of soldiers are gearing up for missions in Africa as part of a new Pentagon strategy to train and advise indigenous forces

US soldiers set for African missions

World Bulletin/News Desk

Thousands of US soldiers are gearing up for missions in Africa as part of a new Pentagon strategy to train and advise local forces to tackle emerging threats and other security risks, New York Times reports

The program is drawing on troops from a 3500-member brigade in the Army's First Infantry Division to conduct more than 100 missions in Africa over the next year. The missions range from a two-man sniper team in Burundi to 350 soldiers conducting airborne and humanitarian exercises in South Africa.

The brigade has also sent a 150-member rapid-response force to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa to protect embassies, a direct reply to the attack on a US mission in Libya last year that killed four Americans.

''Our goal is to help Africans solve African problems, without having a big American presence,'' Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Lee Magee said.

According to the report, teams from the brigade here have already helped train forces in Kenya and Tanzania, which are battling fighters from the Shabab militant group in Somalia.

President Obama, at a news conference three days after the commando raids, said Africa was one of the places “that you’re seeing some of these groups gather.”

“And we’re going to have to continue to go after them,” he added.

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