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U.S. General Urges East Africa to Pool Intelligence

U.S. Central Command chief General John Abizaid urged East Africa Monday to share intelligence information to defeat any attempts by militants to operate in the region. Abizaid was speaking after meeting Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and top defense officials in the Horn of Africa country, which Washington views as a key ally in its war on terrorism. “The level of cooperation in the region must be strengthened,” Abizaid, U.S. forces’ Middle East Commander, told a news conference in the capital Addis Ababa at the end of his one-day visit. “It does not do any good to have only bilateral relations, such as Kenya-U.S., Ethiopia-U.S., Djibouti-U.S. In this region it is very important that we share important information from a regional perspective and in as collective a manner as we can. The terror threat knows no boundary.” Abizaid visited Addis Ababa last July for a meeting of 11 East African countries at which they agreed to set up a U.S.-backed system for preventing and dealing with terror attacks and other disasters. Full Story

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