Islamist violence in focus at Obama-hosted summit

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LAGOS, Nigeria: Rising violence from brutal Islamist groups in Africa will be a key issue at an Africa summit US President Barack Obama is hosting in Washington this week. But while insecurity created by Boko Haram in Nigeria and Cameroon, for instance, or by the Shebab in Somalia and parts of Kenya and Uganda, is plainly worrying, the United States is wary about greatly increasing direct military support to beleaguered governments. Instead, experts say, Washington prefers to support multinational African forces like those of the African Union, which, despite problems, are seen as more transparent than many national armies. Obama has said the summit—a first-of-its-kind meeting which opens on Monday—will provide a forum to “talk to Africa about security issues.”

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