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U.S. Africa Command chief meets with key leaders in Djibouti

By Carlo Muñoz

FILE – In this March 7, 2019 file photo, U.S. Africa Command Commander Gen. Thomas Waldhauser testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The head of the Pentagon’s Africa Command held a series of top-level meetings with key leaders in the east African nation of Djibouti, focusing on the effort to fight terror groups such as al Shabaab and the Islamic State.

Command chief Gen. Thomas Waldhauser held bilateral talks with Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh and other key officials on Tuesday, Africa Command officials said in a statement Thursday.

Gen. Waldhauser and President Guelleh discussed “the strong, cooperative relationship that exists between the U.S. and the Republic of Djibouti,” as well as ongoing U.S. efforts to bolster the country’s security forces, command officials said in the statement.

The meeting comes months after U.S. forces killed the head of the Islamic State’s Somali faction during an April airstrike.

The Pentagon has plans to slash the number of American counterterrorism forces in Somalia, and across Africa, by 10% over the next three years.

Source: Washington Times

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