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US, Nigeria hold military summit in Abuja

AFP  |  Abuja 

Military top brass from across today kicked off a conference co-hosted by the aimed at boosting cooperation between countries fighting extremist groups.

The African Land Forces Summit brings together "land force chiefs from across for candid dialogue" to improve security, said the US Army in an April 10 statement.

Military leaders from almost every country on the continent -- including Angola, Cameroon, Egypt, and -- were in Nigeria's capital of to exchange notes on threats in Africa, from Al-Shabaab in the east to Boko Haram in the west.

Under former Barack Obama, the took the fight against rising Islamist extremism to and stepped up its military presence in several countries.

has continued to prioritise security on the continent. Before he was sacked in March, had just completed a five-country tour of Africa, pledging military assistance.

The Sahel region is host to in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in and Boko Haram in

US forces are stationed in neighbouring Niger, where last November the government gave the green light to arm drones to fight jihadists.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 15:50 IST