U.S. trains Cameroon troops amid human-rights investigation

The United States military continues to train Cameroonian troops as authorities investigate atrocities allegedly committed by government soldiers.

Two videos that went viral in July 2018 prompted Cameroonian officials to arrest seven soldiers.

One of the videos shows the shooting of two women and two small children; it may have taken place between March and April of 2015, according to an investigation by the BBC.

The other video shows what look like Cameroonian security forces shooting a dozen unarmed civilians.

Both of these events occurred in the Far North region, which has seen high levels of violence and attacks from terrorist groups such as Boko Haram.

Former President Barack Obama sent U.S. forces in October of 2015 to assist in the fight against Boko Haram, by providing basic military training, and training on human rights and the law of armed conflict.

There are about 300 US military personnel still in Cameroon.

Cameroon “has taken recent steps to address allegations of gross violations of human rights,” but has not yet released any results from its investigations, Pentagon spokeswoman Air Force Maj. Sheryll Klinkel said in an email to Voice of America.

As noted previously in The Daylighter, the U.S. Defense Department is considering shutting down its operations in Cameroon, as well as Kenya, Libya and Tunisia.

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