AfricCom chief favors more aggressive approach in Somalia

WASHINGTON – the commander of The U. S. Africa Command, says that he would like to be given more authority to battle al-Qaeda-linked fighters in Somalia.

Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, told reporters at the Pentagon on Friday that it would be “very helpful” to give more flexibility in the fight against al-Shabad militants, both directly and through local partner forces.

He said this would enable him to deliver air power in a timely manner.

The Associated Press has previously reported that recommendations for such extensive authorities have been sent to the White House.

Waldhauser said that he has already held detailed discussions to ensure that expanded U.S. military operations in Somalia would not jeopardize the work of the international civilian groups to combat the famine.

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