Wednesday, May 07, 2003

Unstable African Areas Could Become Future Focus of NATO, US
NAIROBI, 7 MAY 2003--( - The United States and NATO could become engaged militarily in "ungoverned areas" in Africa believed to be used for narcotics trafficking and terror training, a senior U.S. military commander has said.

Gen. James Jones, commander of U.S. European Command and NATO's new senior military commander, told reporters in Washington recently that the U.S. and NATO allies would begin focusing greater attention on instability in Africa.

In a phone interview, European Command public affairs officer, Lt.-Col. Patrick Barnes, could not confirm specific African countries where the European Command will become militarily involved. MORE

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