"I hereby determine that an unforeseen emergency exists that requires immediate military assistance to France"Submitted by go213mph on Mon, 08/11/2014 - 11:22
Obama directs $10M to fight terrorists in Africa
By Justin Sink - 08/11/14 - The Hill
President Obama is directing $10 million in foreign aid to France to assist in counterterrorism operations on the African continent.
The assistance from the Pentagon will help French efforts to target terror groups in Mali, Niger and Chad, the president said in a memo to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry.
"I hereby determine that an unforeseen emergency exists that requires immediate military assistance to France in its efforts to secure Mali, Niger, and Chad from terrorists and violent extremists," Obama wrote.
The aid is likely intended to support a French counterterrorism operation, codenamed Barkhan, that launched last month in partnership with the governments of several African allies.