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Analysis: U.S. anti-terror aid to Africa

Africa’s importance to the United States in the worldwide war against terrorism will be underlined over the next 15 months by a special, comprehensive $100 million commitment by Washington to help five East African nations improve their air and seaport security, border policing practices and ability to track suspected terrorists and their financial conduits. The counter-terrorism package was announced last week by President George W. Bush in a speech outlining his African agenda in advance of next week’s trip to the continent. “The United States is working with African nations to fight terrorists wherever they are found,” he said. “Africans from Casablanca to Nairobi to Dar es Salaam have experienced firsthand the pain and the evil of terror.” Kenya and other nations of East Africa are suffering under a particularly serious threat, and we’re working closely with those nations to end this threat.” At least 10 Kenyans and three Israelis died last year near Mombasa, on Kenya’s Muslim-populated coast, when suspected al-Qaida operatives blew up at truck at the Paradise Hotel, an Israeli-owned resort that catered to Israeli tourists. Full Story

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