U.S. Special Operations Forces to Train Mozambique Troops

The U.S. and Mozambique have launched a two-month anti-terrorism training program where U.S. special operation forces will train Mozambican troops to battle Islamic State militants.

The program, led by the Special Operations Command Africa, will focus on training Mozambican marines as the country tries to “prevent the spread of terrorism and violent extremism,” the U.S. embassy in Maputo said Monday in a statement.

The training comes as Mozambique faces increased violence from militant groups. So far, 2,000 people have been killed, and almost 670,000 people have been displaced by ISIS attacks in the mainly Muslim Cabo Delgado province.

The militant group, which is affiliated with ISIS, has undertaken a series of “large scale and sophisticated attacks.” In August, the group captured the port of Mocimboa da Praia which is near the border with Tanzania and is a natural gas-rich area.

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