Exclusive: U.S. to spend up to $550 million on African rapid response forces

Reuters News
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Posted: Aug 06, 2014 2:23 PM

By Phil Stewart

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will announce on Wednesday plans to spend $110 million a year over the next three to five years to help African nations develop peacekeeping forces that can be rapidly deployed to head off militant threats and other crises, an Obama administration official told Reuters.

President Barack Obama is expected to unveil the program during the third day of a summit of African heads of state in Washington, the official said.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Sandra Maler)