October 27, 2011
Malian special forces listen to instructions in May 2010 from a U.S. special forces soldier on counter-ambush tactics in Kita, Mali, during a joint training exercise. While putting few U.S. troops at risk, the United States is providing intelligence and training to fight militants across the continent, from Mauritania in the west along the Atlantic Ocean, to Somalia in the east along the Indian Ocean.
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While putting few U.S. troops at risk, the United States is playing a growing role in Africa’s military battles, using special forces advisers, drones and tens of millions of dollars in military aid to combat a growing and multifaceted security threat.