U.S. Military Restricts Members From Travelling To West Africa, Cites Recent Attacks
PENTAGON U.S. March 17, 2016
U.S. military has restricted its service members from travel to five West African nations noting the recent terrorist attacks in the region.
According to a statement by U.S. defense official, the ban limits unofficial travel by U.S. military personnel to Ghana, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Senegal and Ivory Coast.
"It's just increased vigilance given the veracity of recent events that have happened in that area of the world," Navy Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Falvo who is the spokesman for U.S. Africa Command said.
On Sunday 13th March 2016, 19 people were killed at Grand Bassam beach resort in Ivory Coast. The attack was claimed by Al Qaeda’s northern African Branch, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
In January 2016, a hotel and restaurant were attacked in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou that left 29 people killed.
November 2015, there was hotel siege in Mali.
According to U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Baldanza, a Pentagon spokeswoman, travel restriction remains in effect until June 2016.
U.S. Africa Command has strong forces of between 1,000 and 1,200 soldiers on the continent at any one time.
The forces are mostly engaged in training and support roles to help local security forces combat terrorists.
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