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U.S. shifts AFRICOM strategy as troops are ‘overmatched’ by militants

U.S. shifts AFRICOM strategy as troops are ‘overmatched’ by militants

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Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Africa Command is shifting its strategy to focus on containing al-Qaida and Islamic State affiliates and other militant groups, according to reports and comments from Pentagon officials. "The Secretary of Defense has been conducting a comprehensive review of DoD forces, programs and activities within each Combatant Command to ensure alignment with the National Defense Strategy's priorities. U.S. Africa Command was the first to present their findings and recommendations," Pentagon spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said in a Wednesday statement. "As part of this review and in order to better compete with China and Russia in Africa, the Secretary is directing the deployment of elements of the Army's 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) to the continent to conduct train, a...
Egyptian police killed in shootout with militants

Egyptian police killed in shootout with militants

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Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Multiple Egyptian police officers died Friday in a shootout with militants in the country's Western desert, security officials said.Egypt's Interior Ministry said the raid happened after security officials learned of a group of militants hiding in the Giza province near Cairo. Militants began firing at the officers as they approached the location.The ministry said only that "a number" of officers died, though Voice of America reported the death toll was 14. Other unconfirmed reports put the death toll at nearly double that.The militants allegedly were members of Hasm, a militant wing of the Muslim Brotherhood that has claimed responsibility for attacks over the past year in Egypt.The ministry said militants also died in the shootout.Let's block ads! (Why?) World News - UP...