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In a speech at West Point, President Obama set forth his foreign policy direction, which foresees fewer major US military deployments, more multilateral operations and diplomatic efforts, increased support for "vetted" Syrian rebels, and the creation of a $5 billion fund to help countries like Turkey and Jordan combat terrorism, which he said remains the most direct threat to the US. Obama claimed that "al Qaeda's leadership on the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan has been decimated" and said the main threat now comes from al Qaeda affiliates and extremists. US officials confirmed that a US citizen carried out a recent Al Nusrah Front suicide bombing in Syria.
President Obama is planning a further reduction in US troop levels in Afghanistan, drawing down to 9,800 by the end of this year, diminishing to half that by the end of 2015, and leaving just embassy staff by late 2016. If no agreement regarding status of forces is reached with Afghanistan, there is a possibility that all US troops will be withdrawn. The Obama administration is also considering authorizing a US military mission to train allegedly moderate Syrian rebels. US special operations teams are currently training and equipping counterterrorism forces in Libya, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger. The US has deployed a warship with about 1,000 Marines to the coast of Libya in case Americans need to be evacuated from the country.
President Obama said 80 US troops have been deployed to Chad to aid in the search for over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram. About 50 US security experts already in Nigeria have been also helping with the hunt.