Friday, January 25, 2013

US training of the Malian armed forces

""We have had a U.S. training effort with the Malian armed forces for some number of years," he said. "Some of that has occurred in Mali, and some of that was Malian officers coming to the U.S. for training, to include, Captain [Amadou] Sanogo, who led the military coup which overthrew the constitutionally-elected government." "Ham [Commander of USAFRICOM] made it clear resolving these issues is a task for African nations and not the U.S. "We very clearly see this from the U.S. government side, in fact and in perception, as an African-led endeavor that is done at the request of the Malian government and I think that's well under way now," he said."" (thanks Amir)