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Pentagon announces force optimization in Africa Command

WASHINGTON, The Pentagon announced Thursday “the realignment of Counter-Violent Extremist Organization (C-VEO) personnel operating in US Africa Command to support priorities outlined in the National Defense Strategy.” The Pentagon said in a statement that “over the next several years, the realignment projects a reduction of less than ten percent of the 7,200 military forces serving in Africa Command.

“The optimization preserves the majority of US security cooperation partnerships and programs in Africa to strengthen partner networks, enhance partner capability and support ongoing programs,” it added.

Furthermore, the tasks of personnel operating in Africa will remain the same in certain countries and will be adjusted in others according to needs and priorities.

The statement affirmed that “C-VEO activities in several areas, including Somalia, Djibouti and Libya largely remain the same. In other regions, such as West Africa, emphasis shifts from tactical assistance to advising, assisting, liaising, and sharing intelligence.” “Overall, optimization efforts retain the flexibility to adjust, as required, to maintain a competitive posture in a dynamic, global environment,” it concluded.

Source: Kuwait News Agency