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READ: #CSIS Downie @npr on #US #military buildup in #Africa and training of African #soldiers in fighting #terrorism

READ: #CSIS Downie @npr on #US #military buildup in #Africa and training of African #soldiers in fighting #terrorism

An Army brigade from Fort Riley, Kan., some 4,000, soldiers, will begin helping to train African militaries. The idea is to help African troops beat back a growing terrorist threat posed by al-Qaida. The American troops will head over in small teams over the course of the next year. The Dagger Brigade returned to Kansas last year from a deployment to Iraq, where it trained and advised that country's security forces. Now unit commander Col. Jeff Broadwater is preparing to do the same kind of mission but in a different place. So Broadwater is scouring his brigade for unique skills. "We're fortunate enough to have some African speakers, Swahili," Broadwater says. Swahili is spoken in much of East Africa. And the colonel says he's also happy to have a handful of soldiers with first-hand experience on the continent. "We do have some soldiers who either came over from Africa and...

Full article: http://www.npr.org/2012/12/25/168008525/u-s-military-buil...

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