U.S. deploys more troops to fight terrorists in Africa

PRESIDENT Barack Obama is stepping up America’s military strategy against global terrorism and Africa is on the list of his targets, the United States (U.S.) government’s sources have revealed.

The U.S. has now increased the number of troops at its military drone base in Niger to about 180, from its initial 40 in February this year. The U.S. had earlier this year established a drone base for the sake of dealing with the Boko Haram terror threat in Nigeria, an ally of the U.S. in Africa, and the west and central African regions.

According to a letter sent to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and President Pro Tempore of the Senate at the weekend, Obama informed the U.S. Congress that he had “deployed U.S. combat-equipped forces to enhance the counter-terrorism capabilities and support the counter-terrorism operations of our friends and allies, including special operations and other forces for sensitive operations in various locations around the world.”

Source: The Guardian

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