President Barack Obama has urged Congress to support his new counterterrorism partnerships fund worth up to $5 billion to train soldiers in Afghanistan, American Forces Press Service reported Thursday.
Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. writes Pres. Obama told a ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy commencement exercises that the U.S. intends to respond to threats in North Africa and the Middle East as troops in Afghanistan continue to withdraw.
The president also told the ceremony that the partnerships fund is intended to build up capabilities and help allied countries take up the front lines, according to the report.
The U.S. government plans to train Yemeni security forces to combat al-Qaida forces, maintain peace in Somalia, train European security forces and perform border patrol in Libya using portions of the fund, the report says.
“We will continue to coordinate with our friends and allies in Europe and the Arab world to push for a political resolution of this crisis,” Pres. Obama said.