AFRICOM-related news clips for 11 January 2010

Obama Plays Down Military Role in Yemen, Somalia

 New York Times – By Sarah Wheaton

 11 January 2010

US President Barack Obama said his administration is seeking to emphasize international cooperation, rather than military action, to address concerns about terrorist cells in Somalia and Yemen.


 Bomb plot strains US Nigeria relations

 AFP – By Non-attributed Author

 8 January 2010

 US security measures in the wake of a failed bomb attack on an American airline have revealed cracks in relations between the US and Nigeria, a strategic ally in Africa.


 Bomb plot suspect’s odyssey revealing

 Pittsburgh Tribune- Review – By Carl Prine

 10 January 2010

Christmas Day bombing suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab took a convoluted path which is a prime example of the challenges facing counter-terrorism efforts, including AFRICOM’s counter-terrorism program Operation Enduring Freedom Trans-Sahara.


 US Dept of Defense – African Counterterrorism Gets Greater Focus

 American Forces Press Service – By John J. Kruzel

 7 January 2010

 Counterterrorism in Africa is spotlighted after a botched terrorist attack on a holiday flight.  This includes AFRICOM’s capacity building efforts on the continent to deal with transnational problems like combating terrorism.


P-3s join pirate patrol in the Seychelles

 Navy Times – By Andrew Tilghman

 8 January 2010

 A detachment of P-3 Orions has moved to the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean to conduct surveillance missions that support U.S. Africa Command’s goal in promoting stability and security within the region.


US welcomes moves in Guinea to form transition government

AFP – By Non-attributed Author

8 January 2010

 The United States welcomed moves by Guinea’s interim junta leader to form a transition government and advance to civilian rule over a year after the military seized power in a coup.


U.S. pushes Sudan on election preparations

 Reuters – By Non-attributed Author

 8 January 2010

 Sudan’s leaders must redouble efforts to guarantee fair elections or risk plunging the giant African nation back into chaos and violence, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday.


U.S. warns of attack threat to Sudan-Uganda flights

 Reuters – By Andrew Heavens

 9 January 2010

 The United States has warned that "regional extremists" were planning an attack on Air Uganda flights between southern Sudan and Kampala.  Both Uganda and Sudan downplayed the risk.


U.S., NATO Expand Afghan War To Horn Of Africa And Indian Ocean News – By Rick Rozoff

 8 January 2010

The United States and its NATO allies have laid the groundwork for increased naval, air and ground operations in the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden.


UN News Service Africa Briefs

 Full Articles on UN Website

 10 January 2010

 *     Success of Sudan peace pact requires redoubled efforts by all, Ban says on anniversary

*     Sudan: UN sends long range patrol to scene of deadly ethnic clash in south

*     UN completes initial round of training for local judges in eastern Chad

*     UN aid agencies will not abandon Somalia despite insecurity, says official

*     Celebrities set off for Kilimanjaro to spotlight water crisis, raise funds – UN

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