Roberta Rampton of Reuters Africa is reporting that President Barack Obama is set to announce on Wednesday that he will bring back nearly all of the 1,300 U.S. troops deployed in West Africa to fight the Ebola epidemic by April 30, the White House said late on Tuesday. Rampton writes:
“Obama, who was excoriated last fall for a slow start to his Ebola outbreak response, will hold a White House event to showcase how U.S. leadership helped stem the epidemic, which has killed almost 9,000 people, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The number of new cases each week has dropped to about 150 in recent reports, down from more than 1,000 new cases per week in October, the White House said.”
Approximately 100 U.S. troops will remain in West Africa to continue to help countries like Guinea, which has seen a recent rise in the number of cases and Sierra Leone, which hasn’t reduced the number of cases as significantly as other countries.
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