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Africom story update

A week after I reported on a new Africom program meant to target terror in the Sahel region of West Africa, the State Department’s press office has replied to our 10 detailed queries. Replying to an e-mail regarding a different article, the press office resent a statement, sent separately last week by Undersecretary of State ...

By , International Crisis Group’s senior analyst for Colombia.

A week after I reported on a new Africom program meant to target terror in the Sahel region of West Africa, the State Department's press office has replied to our 10 detailed queries.

Replying to an e-mail regarding a different article, the press office resent a statement, sent separately last week by Undersecretary of State for Public Affairs Judith McHale to FP, on the U.S.-Africom relationship. (An excerpt was printed in our article here and is pasted below.)

The Department of State and Africom enjoy a strong relationship. Our shared goal is to help African nations create a more stable environment on the continent and to enable political and economic growth that benefits the people of Africa. Our relationship with Africom is similar to the relationships the Department has with other regional commands."

A week after I reported on a new Africom program meant to target terror in the Sahel region of West Africa, the State Department’s press office has replied to our 10 detailed queries.

Replying to an e-mail regarding a different article, the press office resent a statement, sent separately last week by Undersecretary of State for Public Affairs Judith McHale to FP, on the U.S.-Africom relationship. (An excerpt was printed in our article here and is pasted below.)

The Department of State and Africom enjoy a strong relationship. Our shared goal is to help African nations create a more stable environment on the continent and to enable political and economic growth that benefits the people of Africa. Our relationship with Africom is similar to the relationships the Department has with other regional commands."

Meanwhile, the Department of Defense responded to both sets of queries in full by the deadline I passed along. Just sayin’.

Elizabeth Dickinson is International Crisis Group’s senior analyst for Colombia.

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