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Pentagon aims to be proactive in countering terror threat in Africa

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The U.S. military's new strategy in Africa calls for partnerships with regional governments to disrupt and eventually destroy al Qaeda and its African affiliates, a top Pentagon official said Monday.

The new strategy specifically targets the terror group's affiliates al-Shabab in Somalia and East Africa, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in North and West Africa, and Boko Haram in Nigeria.

"The new strategy for sub-Saharan Africa calls for comprehensive partnerships that leverage our expertise in land border security, maritime-aviation security, cyber security, and financial expertise to counter the illicit movement of people, arms, drugs, and money," Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Amanda Dory said at a National Defense University conference in Virginia.

"It also reaffirms our commitment to identify the risk of atrocities at the earliest stage possible to help prevent violence before it emerges, to use new tools to respond effectively to atrocities, and to bolster domestic and international efforts to bring perpetrators to justice," she said.

Ms. Dory's public remarks, delivered to representatives from nearly 40 African nations at the two-week conference that began Monday, were the first by a defense official since the Obama administration announced its policy on sub-Saharan Africa last week.

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