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Fight against armed groups tops US-Africa defence meet

The US is hosting meeting of the group AFRICOM that brings together military leaders from 40 African countries.

The United States has brought together defence chiefs from 40 African countries.

A meeting is taking place in Germany at the headquarters of the United States Africa Command – or AFRICOM – which was set up 10 years ago.

Its mission is to foster “security, stablity and prosperity”.

It says it wants to help in the fight against armed groups such as Boko Haram, al-Shabab and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).

But critics are questioning Washington’s motives.

Presenter: Laura Kyle


Reuben Brigety – Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and former US Ambassador to the African Union.

Martin Ewi – Senior researcher in the International Crime in Africa Programme at the Institute for Security Studies.

Rose Jackson – Senior policy adviser at the Secure Partnerships Initiative at Open Society.