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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...
France agrees to send more troops to West Africa to fight terrorism

France agrees to send more troops to West Africa to fight terrorism

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Jan. 14 (UPI) -- French President Emmanuel Macron agreed during a summit with leaders of West and Central African nations to send hundreds of more troops to reinforce the region's fight against Islamic terrorism. During a summit meeting Monday in the southwestern French city of Pau, Macron and the leaders of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger reaffirmed their commitment to fighting extremism in the Sahel, a semi-arid belt stretching 2,400 miles across the breadth of the continent, they said in a joint statement. Macron also said he agreed to send 220 additional combat troops to reinforce Operation Barkhane, France's largest overseas mission to counter terrorism in the region, which has seen an uptick in violence in recent years. On Thursday, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, head of the U...
Iran targets US troops with missile strikes

Iran targets US troops with missile strikes

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Iran has carried out a ballistic missile attack on air bases housing US forces in Iraq, in retaliation for the US killing of General Qasem Soleimani.More than a dozen missiles launched from Iran struck two air bases in Irbil and Al Asad, west of Baghdad. It is unclear if there have been any casualties. The initial response from Washington has been muted. President Trump tweeted that all was well and said casualties and damage were being assessed. LIVE: Latest reaction and analysis Crude oil prices jump after missile attacks Two Iraqi bases housing US and coalition troops were targeted, one at Al Asad and one in Irbil, at about 02:00 local time on Wednesday (22.30 GMT on Tuesday). It came just hours after the b...
Esper: U.S. never discussed, considered sending 14K more troops to Middle East

Esper: U.S. never discussed, considered sending 14K more troops to Middle East

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Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Reports that the U.S. is considering sending an additional 14,000 troops to the Middle East are "flat out wrong," Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said in a statement Friday. "As the Department has stated repeatedly, we were never discussing or considering sending 14,000 additional troops to the Middle East," Esper said in the statement. "Reports of this are flat out wrong. DOD will always stand ready to respond to future actions by our adversaries if and when they arise, but the Pentagon is not considering sending 14,000 troops to CENTCOM. This report is false." On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported the administration is considering sending 14,000 additional troops to the Middle East, a claim Pentagon officials have denied since. But on Thursday, John Rood, under...
Russian troops patrol Syrian border following deal with Turkey

Russian troops patrol Syrian border following deal with Turkey

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Russian troops have begun patrols on the Syrian border to remove Kurdish fighters as part of an agreement with Turkey.The forces were seen heading towards the city of Kobane in northern Syria the day after Turkey and Russia agreed measures to remove Syrian Kurdish fighters from the border and jointly patrol the area. As part of the deal, Syrian President Bashar al Assad's forces will establish 15 posts at the border alongside Russian troops, according to the Interfax news agency. Image: Russian soldiers will be patrolling along the Syrian border. File pic The agreement came at the end of a five-day ceasefire which had been brokered to allow the Kurds to withdraw following Turkey's incursion into northeast Syria.Now the Kremlin has dem...