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Kenya Gets US Funds for Counterterror War

Kenya Gets US Funds for Counterterror War

GABORONE, Botswana — The US has donated 9.5 billion Kenyan shillings (US $92.4 million) to the Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) to fund soldier training and new equipment acquisitions and sustain the counterterror war against Somali militant group al-Shabab.

Speaking at a July 25 joint press conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the end of his visit to Nairobi, US President Barack Obama said the fund is part of a broader bilateral security cooperation project meant to increase US military support for the KDF fight against terrorism in Somalia.

“Today we discussed deepening security cooperation between our governments and signed an action plan in which we will support Kenya’s judiciary, police and border security,” Obama said. “We also discussed broader efforts to counter violent extremism here in Kenya and around the world.”

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