Obama Deploys First Group of US Troops to South Sudan December 20, 2013Submitted by barracuda_trader on Fri, 12/20/2013 - 18:17
Indeed, famous last words of many a US President, now coming out of Barack Obama’s mouth today:
“These troops will remain in South Sudan until the security situation becomes such that it is no longer needed.”
Watch this space, as US AFRICOM’s first major set piece in the new Africa – the partitioning of Sudan and South Sudan – begins heating up this month.
Off the wire: “The US has deployed 45 troops to protect US personnel and assets in South Sudan amid ongoing fighting between rebels and government forces, the White House said. President Barack Obama sent a letter to Congress, saying the group of soldiers was sent Wednesday, AFP reported. The small force will remain in South Sudan “until the security situation becomes such that it is no longer needed,” Obama said.“Although equipped for combat, this force was deployed for the purpose of protecting US citizens and property.”