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11 African Nations to Set Up Task Force

Eleven African nations have agreed to set up a U.S.-backed regional task force to respond to disasters and terrorist attacks, a senior U.S. military officer said Wednesday. The role of the task force will be to “provide the basis of a response to react once a terrorist attack has taken place,” as well as to respond to other disasters such as floods and airplane crashes, said Gen. John Abizaid, head of U.S. Central Command. Ethiopia, Eritrea, Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, the Seychelles, Tanzania and Uganda agreed at a two-day conference in Addis Ababa to be part of the task force. Dubbed Golden Spear 2003, the U.S.-sponsored conference was attended by African government officials and military officers as well as Abizaid. Full Story

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