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War against terror comes to Africa U.S. troops in Djibouti try to win over locals

The Hayabley medical clinic is overstocked with patients but short on medicine for their malaria and tuberculosis. So it welcomed a well-supplied medical team from the U.S. military that arrived in May. Even young boys on the rocky street outside know that it’s not just good Samaritanism that brought 1,500 U.S. troops to this tiny country on the Horn of Africa. ”Osama! Osama bin Laden!” the smiling kids taunt as the troops come and go quickly under the oppressive sun. The war on terrorism has lured America back to the Horn of Africa. Not since the ill-fated effort in Somalia 10 years ago has the United States established a base in this region. Now Djibouti, a poor Muslim state few Americans have heard of or can pronounce (it’s ji-BOO-tee), is the door to a vast and often hostile seven-nation territory that U.S. officials say harbors terrorists who fled Afghanistan and incubates threats against the West. Full Story

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