Most U.S. Troops To Return From Ebola-Hit Liberia By April; Obama To Make Announcement At White House Event

ABC News: U.S. Military to End Ebola Relief Mission in Liberia
“The U.S. military is ending its Ebola relief mission in West Africa, with the last American troops scheduled to leave Liberia by April 30…” (Martinez, 2/10).

Agence France-Presse: U.S. to withdraw troops from Ebola mission in West Africa
“…A force that at one point reached 2,800 has been scaled back to about 1,300 troops and ‘nearly all will return by April 30,’ Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement…” (2/10).

The Hill: Obama to bring back U.S. troops fighting Ebola
“…The president will announce those plans at a White House event on Wednesday and also outline further steps the U.S. is taking to prevent Ebola cases at home…” (Mali, 2/10).

New York Times: Obama to Recall Military Personnel From Ebola Zone, Officials Say
“…The announcement reflects vindication for Mr. Obama and the administration, whose slow and at times bungled initial response to the Ebola outbreak raised questions about the president’s ability to handle fast-moving global crises. But the ceremony also raises questions about whether Mr. Obama is prematurely claiming success on what he had labeled a national security priority, opening himself to criticism should Ebola again spiral out of control…” (Davis, 2/10).

Reuters: Obama to bring back most U.S. troops fighting Ebola in Africa
“…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…” (Rampton, 2/10).

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Military to End African Ebola Role
“…Administration officials said the end of the major U.S. military role didn’t signal an end to America’s efforts to fight Ebola in West Africa. The U.S. is providing funding and support for 10,000 medical professionals and support staff working across the region…” (Nissenbaum/Barnes, 2/10).

Washington Post: Most U.S. troops will return from Ebola fight by end of April
“…The White House cited ‘the improved epidemiological outlook’ and said that the remaining Defense Department personnel would be ‘leveraging’ relations with military forces­ in Liberia and other regional allies and help strengthen measures for disease prevention…” (Mufson/Eilperin, 2/11).

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