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ICC Note: With the rise of Islamic extremism on the African continent, The United States had taken more of an interest into the direction of the region. As the U.S. government authorized the largest military budget to date at over $530 billion, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) will receive a 2% increase in funding after a 6.5% cut the previous year. While logistics proves to be the greatest barrier for substantial operations, minor improvements and an increase in military assistance could provide much needed support against militant groups. Islamic extremist groups such as Boko Haram and al-Shabaab have proven to be some of the most notorious persecutors of the Church in Africa.

By Scott Firsing, Monash University

09/28/2015 Africa, (All Africa) – From the perspective of a US national security specialist, we live in a dark and gloomy world. Numerous worldwide threats exist across almost every part of the planet including China, Iran, North Korea and Russia. This typically puts Africa at the bottom of the pecking order.

But America is taking more notice of the African continent due to the expansion of extremist organisations operating in Africa like al-Qaeda, al-Shabbab, Ansar al-Sharia, al-Murabitun, Boko Haram, Islamic State (IS) and others.

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