Tuesday, January 13, 2004


The US has sent, with the cooperation of Mauritania, Mali, Chad and Niger, a team of troops to the Sahara dessert in order to prevent Al-Qaeda from using it for terrorist training.

The United States is expanding anti-terror efforts to the remote reaches of West Africa's Sahara borders, dispatching U.S. troops and contractors to help seal the predominantly Islamic region from al Qaeda and its allies.

A U.S. anti-terror team arrived Saturday in the arid, Arab-dominated Islamic republic of Mauritania, U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of State Pamela Bridgewater told reporters late Sunday during a visit here.

The small team will be followed in coming months by U.S. Army experts and defense contractors, under a $100 million Bush administration anti-terror initiative for the Saharan nations of Mauritania, Mali, Chad and Niger.


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