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.
- Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan Offers To Support West Africa in Fighting Terrorism OSINT SUMMARY Turkey’s president Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday 1st March 2016 announced […]
- Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara Says Al Qaeda Attack Will not Derail Country’s Gains EVENT SUMMARY Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Wednesday 16th March […]
- Suspected U.S. Drone Strikes Kill 12 Islamist Militants Including Top Leader in Yemen OSINT SUMMARY 4th February 2016, two suspected U.S. drone strikes have killed 12 […]
- U.S.-led Coalition 30 Strikes Targets Islamic State Hideouts in Syria & Iraq EVENT SUMMARY Latest military reports from Middle East indicate that Daesh/Islamic […]
- U.S. To Supply Kenyan Air Force With Five Bell UH- 1H Huey II Helicopters KENYA AIR FORCE MILITARY ACQUISITIONS U.S. is set to supply Kenyan Air Force […]
- U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Says Homegrown Extremists Tops Terrorist Threat List KEY HIGHLIGHTS U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper has […]
- U.S. Intervene Militarily To Train African Forces On Combating Terror OSINT SUMMARY U.S. Commander for Special Operations Command Africa Brigadier […]
- Al-Shabaab Suicide Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (SVBIED) Surge Foretells Strategy EVENTS SUMMARY On 22 August 2015 Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen's Istishhadyin […]