The United States’ commitment to the Sahel remains intact, Washington says

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The United States Special Envoy for the Sahel on Thursday, September 24, announced an extension of humanitarian aid. At the military level, the U.S. Chief of Staff of the U.S. African Command (Africom) announced a few months ago a reduction in staff on the ground. But the US commitment remains intact, the State Department assures.

Washington will pay $ 150 million to Niger, Mali, Mauritania and Burkina Faso. Objective: to help some 2.5 million people displaced by insecurity in these areas plagued by terrorist groups.

At the military level, the US Chief of Staff for the United States Africa Command (Africom) announced a few months ago that The United States planned to reduce the number of employees significantly in the field. Despite these announcements, the US commitment remains intact, assures Marissa Scott-Torres, Africa’s spokeswoman for the US State Department.

“We took a different approach and we got different results,” she said. “African officials praised, for example, the success of the raids that France carried out in June, in which one of the commanders killed. Qaida, Abdelmalek Droukdel. The intelligence gathered by the United States had helped facilitate the mission targeted at al-Qaeda’s leader in the Maghreb, the United States currently provides intelligence, logistics, training, etc. in West Africa, so even if there is a reduction of people, of soldiers, there is no reduction in our commitment in the Sahel. ”

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