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U.S. Military Establishes Ebola Operations Base In Liberia; Marines Work To Identify New Treatment Center Locations

News outlets report on the U.S. military’s involvement in responding to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Agence France-Presse: U.S. bases Ebola mission in Liberia’s defense ministry
“The United States said on Thursday its mission of 3,000 soldiers helping west Africa’s beleaguered health services battle the Ebola outbreak would be based in Liberia’s defense ministry but would be purely humanitarian…” (9/25).

The Hill: Marines helping with Ebola outbreak in Liberia
“A contingent of Marines is helping Liberian forces combat the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, according to the U.S. Marine Corps…” (Wong, 9/25).

Marine Corps Times: Ebola mission includes risk of malaria for troops
“U.S. troops are trickling in to Liberia to set the stage for a massive deployment to West Africa to help contain the Ebola epidemic. But details — units, types of personnel, even the branches of service involved — on the brigade-sized humanitarian effort remain sparse…” (Kime, 9/25).

Washington Post: AFRICOM’s Ebola response and the militarization of humanitarian aid
“President Obama announced last week an expanded U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The lion’s share of personnel assisting in the response comes from the U.S. military — an estimated 3,000 troops will be deployed to the region. Leading the effort will be Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, commander of the U.S. Army Africa, part of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM)…” (Dionne et al., 9/25).

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