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US-Nigeria hold military summit in Abuja

16th April 2018 - 15:46 GMT | by ​Agence France-Presse in Abuja


On 16 April, military top brass from across Africa kicked off a conference co-hosted by the US aimed at boosting cooperation between countries fighting extremist groups.

The African Land Forces Summit brings together ‘land force chiefs from across Africa for candid dialogue’ to improve security, said the US Army in a 10 April statement.

Military leaders from almost every country on the continent -- including Angola, Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya and Rwanda -- were in Nigeria's capital of Abuja to exchange notes on threats in Africa, from Al-Shabaab in the east to Boko Haram in the west.

Under former President Barack Obama, the US took the fight against rising Islamist extremism to Africa and stepped up its military presence in several countries.

President Donald Trump has continued to prioritise security on the continent.

Before he was sacked in March, secretary of state Rex Tillerson had just completed a five-country tour of Africa, pledging military assistance.

The Sahel region is host to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in Mali and Boko Haram in Nigeria.

​Agence France-Presse


​Agence France-Presse


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