What Happened: The United States is cutting $17 million in military aid to Cameroon over its military's role in human rights infractions in the country's Anglophone region, AP reported Feb. 8.
Why It Matters: Although Cameroon does not participate as widely as Mali, Nigeria and Niger in counterterrorism operations, it does provide significant support. The U.S. announcement to cut aid comes amid earlier reports that Washington was considering a full withdrawal of several hundreds of troops providing training to Cameroonian forces.
Background: Cameroonian forces have been implicated in violence against civilians in the country's Anglophone region, where a secessionist conflict has been escalating over the past year.
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