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$150 million in aid is brought by Antony Blinken to combat Islamic terrorists in the Sahel

On June 3, 2021, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced a $150 million package of security and humanitarian assistance to combat Islamic terrorists in the Sahel region of Africa. The announcement was made in a statement following a meeting with the leaders of the G5 Sahel countries, which include Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

The package includes $50 million in security assistance, which will be used to support the G5 Sahel Joint Force, a regional counter-terrorism unit created by the five countries. It also includes $100 million for humanitarian assistance to address the underlying causes of instability in the region and to support efforts to address the displacement of civilians due to violence and extreme poverty.

The US package is part of a broader international effort to counter Islamic terrorists in the region, which includes efforts by the African Union, the United Nations, and the European Union.