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US Bolsters Uganda’s Anti-terrorism Campaign

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hospital http://centreduplateau.qc.ca/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-ms-themes-list-table.php geneva;”>Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab terrorists struck Uganda in 2010, killing over 70 innocent people.

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According to a report released Thursday by the US Office of the coordinator for counterterrorism, “In 2012, in concert with political developments in Somalia and elsewhere in the region, the U.S. government continued to help PREACT member countries to address near-term threats as well as build strategic counterterrorism capacities and bolster international counterterrorism cooperation.”

PREACT, formerly known as the East Africa Regional Strategic Initiative, is the East Africa counterpart to the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership (TSCTP).

First established in 2009, PREACT is a U.S.-funded and implemented multi-year, multi-faceted program designed to build the counterterrorism capacity and capability of member countries to thwart short-term terrorist threats, counter violent extremism, and address longer-term vulnerabilities.

It uses law enforcement, military, and development resources to achieve its strategic objectives, including reducing the operational capacity of terrorist networks, expanding border security, enhancing and institutionalizing cooperation among the region’s security organizations, improving democratic governance, and discrediting terrorist ideology.

PREACT member countries include Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda

Uganda continues to shoulder dozens of terror threats and security services have on several occasions put the nation on alert to promote public vigilance with the view of defeating terrorism.

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