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Sunday, June 18, 2017

The United States and France are hurtling toward a potential dust-up, as the Trump administration weighs vetoing a French Security Council resolution empowering an African counterterrorism force, according to U.S. officials and U.N.-based diplomats. The dispute hinges on the question of who will help fund the force of 5,000 African soldiers and police in the Sahel, a semiarid plain that stretches from Senegal to Sudan, and whether French military planners have devised a workable strategy. France spearheaded the effort to assemble the five-nation African anti-terrorism force, known as the G-5, but the countries taking part are looking to the United States, its allies, and the United Nations to share the burden of funding and supporting the cross-border operations.

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The United States, backed by Britain, supports in principle the French and African commitment to take the fight to terrorists. But it has objected to blessing the operation with a U.N. seal of approval, saying the troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger already have legal authority to conduct missions.

"It is not legally necessary for the council to authorize this force," said a U.S. official, who added that the administration's concerns went beyond the financial costs. ...

A second U.S. official said American diplomats in New York are still trying to persuade the French to back down, but Paris appears intent on "ramming it through and ignoring all of our objections." The official noted that the United States is weighing whether to use its veto power if the French do not amend their initiative to address those concerns. But France is betting that the United States will blink if it faces a counter-terrorism resolution with broad Security Council support.

For the past four years, France has led international counter-terrorism efforts in the Sahel, seeking to fill a security vacuum in the region that followed the collapse of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi's government in 2011.

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President Trump would be right to call a veto on this issue..

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-06-17 07:04 PM | Reply

So the U.S. could follow France into a foreign conflict. What could go wrong?

#2 | Posted by squinch at 2017-06-18 10:19 AM | Reply

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92

Why is that?

#3 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-06-18 11:52 PM | Reply

#2 | Posted by squinch

Uh we already operate there... We also work with these governments.

#4 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-06-18 11:53 PM | Reply

Trump is soft on terrorism.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2017-06-19 12:58 AM | Reply

but Paris appears intent on "ramming it through and ignoring all of our objections.

Whatever. Then let them pay for it.

#6 | Posted by boaz at 2017-06-19 08:03 AM | Reply

Isn't China heavily invested in Africa??? Let China worry about Africas security.... I'm so tired of Chinas "No Hands" policy

#7 | Posted by cmbell73 at 2017-06-19 12:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Isn't China heavily invested in Africa??? Let China worry about Africas security.... I'm so tired of Chinas "No Hands" policy

#7 | POSTED BY CMBELL73 AT 2017-06-19 12:36 PM | FLAG:

exactly. Im so tired of cleaning up the world for others. If you're going to use a country for natural resources or labor, then take part in the development of that country. Africa is a wealthy continent but the commoners never see the fruit. They have gold, diamonds, natural gas and oil, agriculture etc.... why are they so poor?

#8 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-06-19 05:10 PM | Reply

Wait, I thought we were supposed to be the leaders of the "Global War On Terror". We're outsourcing it to China? Like we did with all our manufacturing? Didn't they used to be our "Evil Communist" enemy? WTF?

#9 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-06-20 02:42 PM | Reply

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