US Pledges 60M Dollars To Africa Count Terror Force
The US has pledged $60m (£45m) to support a regional counter-terrorism force in the Sahel, a semi-arid area south of the Sahara desert… US Pledges 60M Dollars To Africa Count Terror Force.
Groups linked to al-Qaeda and so-called Islamic State operate in the vast desert region.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement:
This money will bolster our regional partners in their fight to ensure security and stability in the face of ISIS and affiliated groups and other terrorist networks. This is a fight we must win, and these funds will play a key role in achieving that mission.
The announcement came as the UN Security Council met to discuss how to drum up international support for the force set up by Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, known as the “G5”, reports the Reuters news agency.
US Ambassador Nikki Haley rejected proposals to allow the large UN peacekeeping mission in Malito help the joint force, saying its resources must not be overstretched, Reuters says.
We believe that the G5 force must be first and foremost owned by the countries of the region themselves.