U.S. Army Hones Antiterror Strategy for Africa, in Kansas

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Steve Hebert for The New York Times
Members of the Army’s First Infantry Division have been called on to conduct more than 100 missions in Africa over the next year.

FORT RILEY, Kan. — Here on the Kansas plains, thousands of soldiers once bound for Iraq or Afghanistan are now gearing up for missions in Africa as part of a new Pentagon strategy to train and advise indigenous forces to tackle emerging terrorist threats and other security risks so that American forces do not have to.

Steve Hebert for The New York Times
In Fort Riley, Kan., last month, soldiers with the United States Army prepared for live-fire training, part of a program to bolster African forces over the next year.

The first-of-its-kind program is drawing on troops from a 3,500-member brigade in the Army’s storied First Infantry Division, known as the Big Red One, to conduct more than 100 missions in Africa over the next year. The missions range from a two-man sniper team in Burundi to 350 soldiers conducting airborne and humanitarian exercises in South Africa.
The brigade has also sent a 150-member rapid-response force to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa to protect embassies in emergencies, a direct reply …

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