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    US gives $5bn to global terror fight

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    BBC News - US gives $5bn to global terror fight

    US gives $5bn to global terror fight


    US President Barack Obama has announced a $5bn (3bn) "terrorism partnership fund" to help other countries tackle extremists.

    The cash will help countries in the Middle East, Africa and East Asia.

    He announced the plan at the US Military Academy in West Point, as he set out his foreign policy vision.

    The end of the combat mission in Afghanistan at the end of the year would free up resources to tackle emerging threats elsewhere, he said.

    "I am calling on Congress to support a new counter-terrorism partnerships fund of up to $5 billion, which will allow us to train, build capacity, and facilitate partner countries on the front lines."

    The money would go towards missions such as training security forces in Yemen, supporting a multinational force to keep the peace in Somalia, working with European allies to train a functioning security force in Libya, and helping French operations in Mali, he said.

    Turning to the civil war in Syria, he promised to "ramp up support" for those in opposition to the regime of President Assad, although he did not give details about what that would mean in practice.

    An Islamist rebel in Mali
    The cash will try to tackle Islamist threats in parts of Africa
    His speech attempted to recast US foreign policy as one which would use military force when necessary but primarily acts on a platform of international consensus.

    "We must broaden our tools to include diplomacy and development; sanctions and isolation; appeals to international law and - if just, necessary, and effective - multilateral military action.

    "We must do so because collective action in these circumstances is more likely to succeed, more likely to be sustained, and less likely to lead to costly mistakes."

    In the wide-ranging address to West Point graduates Mr Obama touched on a range of foreign policy issues, such as:

    "a strategy that involves invading every country that harbours terrorist networks is nave and unsustainable"
    small-scale capture and drone operations by the US military would continued to be used, but with increased transparency
    US leadership had helped bring Iran to negotiate on nuclear issues and isolated world opinion against Russia in the Ukrainian crisis
    praise for the United Nations and Nato, which he said was "the strongest alliance the world has ever known"
    "American influence is always stronger when we lead by example", he said, while criticising domestic politicians for denying climate change and refusing to sign a UN maritime treaty
    a continued push to close the US military prison at Guantanamo
    US should focus on development and education as "no American security operation can eradicate the threat posed by an extremist group like Boko Haram"
    Last week, the US sent about 80 troops to Chad as part of a mission to help locate hundreds of school girls abducted by Islamist group Boko Haram in neighbouring Nigeria.

    The address marks the start of a series of speeches from the president about foreign policy over the next 10 days, in an attempt to respond to critics who say current US foreign policy is weak.

    On a trip to Europe, he will give a speech about US commitment to Europe in Warsaw, meet with the G7 leaders in Brussels, and honour US veterans in Normandy at the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yasojack
    US gives $5bn to support terror and financial interests by fucking places up and making locals slaughter each other
    Fixed that for you Trigger

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    A get rich quick scheme for the leaders of the countries on the receiving end

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    Must have borrowed it from the Chinese...

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    The Americans could save themselves a lot of time and expense by looking inward, as the U.S is far and away the largest instigator, manufacturer, and maintainer of terrorist activity worldwide...

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    I suppose 3 million of that was to go to the Thai military...?

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    It worked so well with the mujahadeen, didn't it.

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