West Point, NY, United States (4E) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for Congress’ support to fund a new counter-terrorism strategy.
Obama made the appeal during a speech at the commencement ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point. He said the Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund will be used to train security forces in Yemen and to support multinational forces in Somalia, Libya and Mali in the fight against al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. The fund will also be used to support Syria’s neighbors — Jordan and Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq – in caring for Syrian refugees and confronting terrorists.
The President noted that other al Qaeda affiliates and extremist groups have emerged in different parts of the region from South Asia to the Sahel.
“We need to build essentially a network of partners across this region so that we can deal with the terrorist threat. And we will support that series of partnerships in different ways. In some instances, we will provide training and equipping. In some instances, we will facilitate actions like we were doing in Mali for the French. We have resources that range from intelligence to special operations to trainers. And, of course, we will take direct action against a terrorist when it is necessary for our own security,” a senior administration official explained to White House reporters.
Obama congratulated the newest officers in the United States Army. He told the graduates that they are the first class since 9/11 who may not be sent into combat in Iraq or Afghanistan as troops were removed and is withdrawing in the two countries.