Dayton Daily News

U.S. reduces military aid over rights abuses

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As accusation­s of human rights violations pile up in Cameroon’s two-front battle against secessioni­sts and Islamic extremists, the United States has decided to scale back military assistance to its longtime ally in Central Africa. The Defense Department move opens a noteworthy rift with a strategica­lly important partner in the fight against terrorism. “The bottom line is right now in Cameroon, they have been a good partner with us counterter­rorism-wise, but you can’t neglect the fact that they have — there are alleged atrocities in what’s gone on there,” Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, leader of U.S. Africa Command, told lawmakers Thursday during congressio­nal testimony.

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