During the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington on Wednesday, President Barack Obama unveiled plans to invest $110 million annually over the next three to five years to help six African countries create rapid-response forces, Reuters reports.
At a summit news conference, Obama explained that the funds would help sustain peacekeepers involved in African Union and U.N. operations that addressed crises in Ethiopia, Uganda, Senegal, Rwanda, Tanzania and Ghana. During the conference, Obama said that the funds aimed to remedy the current “gap in systematically supporting these peacekeepers to help them deploy more quickly.”
The U.S. has become more involved in supporting African military efforts to combat Islamic extremists recently, training over a quarter-million African police and military.
Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., added that the U.S. hoped to create “troop-contributing countries” that would fight off extremist groups like al-Shabab, al-Qaeda affiliates and Boko Haram, which has killed over…
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