Obama to propose $200 million to battle ISIS in Africa

By REUTERS
February 9, 2016 20:37

 
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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is proposing about $200 million in new military spending to confront Islamic State in north and west Africa, US defense officials said ahead of Tuesday's budget rollouts for the next fiscal year.

US officials declined to specify to which nations the funding would be directed. The disclosure comes as the United States and its allies discuss ways to halt the spread of the Sunni militant group in Libya and elsewhere in Africa from its self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq.

The proposed increase in US defense spending for north and west Africa is a component of a larger $7.5 billion Pentagon request for fiscal year 2017 to counter Islamic State.

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