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Army Gen. David Rodriguez: Africom Partners With African Nations to Address Regional Threats

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David Rodriguez
David Rodriguez

U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez has highlighted U.S. Africa Command’s partnerships with countries Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Burundi to address militant organizations in the region such as the Islamic State militant organization, Boko Horam and al Shabab, DoD News reported Tuesday.

Jim Garamone writes Rodriguez, Africom chief, told reporters in Brussels that the command is working to “regionalize” operations on the continent as well as integrate these efforts with international partners such as European Union countries.

Rodriguez added the proportion of troops that African nations provide for United Nations peacekeeping missions grew to 47 percent from 24 percent in a span of 10 years, Garamone quoted.

Rodriguez also noted Secretary of State John Kerry attended a meeting in Italy to support the U.N.-backed Libyan Government of National Accord which will work to build on anti-terrorism operations against ISIL, Garamone wrote.

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