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NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with ...
NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, assistant secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs at the State Department, about the latest on Nigeria's elections.
And on Wednesday, Linda ...
And on Wednesday, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, assistant secretary of the State Department's Bureau of African Affairs, defended the administration's approach, saying that "logistical challenges" prevent the bilateral discussions.
"We've made the decision that there will not be one-on-one bilats between the president and the heads of state," she said at a briefing with reporters Wednesday.
Ambassador Linda ...
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the State Department's assistant secretary of state for African affairs, defended the administration's decision to wait, telling the committees the U.S. only made the decision after much deliberation.
"I know you think we took too long," she said.
, who estimated Boko Haram membership "probably in the mid-thousands," said the Nigerian military does have the ability to beat the extremists, but "they need support."
Witness Jacob Zenn, author of the 2012 book Northern Nigeria's Boko Haram: The Prize in al-Qaeda's
Africa Strategy, told the committee the terrorist designation is a good start, but most of Boko Haram's funding is now local and non-traditional.
urged the U.S. to aggressively pursue the group's underground network of support and not rely on stopping traditional financing methods.
Ambassador to Discuss Dynamics of Diplomatic Service April 1 at Spelman | Events | Old Fourth Ward News
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, director general of the Foreign Service and director of human resources for the U.S. Department of State, will address the dynamics of diplomatic service during a presentation titled, "Meeting Today's Global Challenges with 21st Century Diplomats," at Spelman College, Monday, April 1, at 4:30 p.m.
Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield leads a team of 400 employees who carry out a range of personnel functions for the State Department's 60,000-strong workforce - from recruitment and hiring, through evaluations and promotions, to retirement.
Since beginning her Foreign Service career in 1982 as a consular officer in Kingston, Jamaica, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield has risen through the ranks to the minister counselor level.
has served in Jamaica, Nigeria, The Gambia, Kenya, Pakistan, Switzerland (at the U.S. Mission to the United National), and most recently as ambassador to the Republic of Liberia, where she
served from 2008 to 2012.
In Washington, she has worked in the Bureau of Human Resources, as well as the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, where she was a deputy assistant secretary from 2004 to 2006, and the Bureau of African Affairs, where she was principal deputy assistant secretary from 2006 to 2008.
The group's activity in the region ...
The group's activity in the region has clearly affected our attention in Africa away from development," said Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa.
Abari Modu said he
witnessed the Chadian offensive on Malumfatori village in Nigeria's Borno state.
"We saw the fighter jet when it started shelling and bombarding the insurgents who were lodging mostly inside the local government secretariat and the district head's palace," he
told The Associated Press
said the bodies of many Boko Haram fighters were still in the town Friday morning.
Modu spoke by telephone after crossing the border from a Chadian village where he
had sought refuge after Boko Haram seized Malumfatori at the end of October.
said the Chadian jet pursued fleeing fighters to the border and that the bombardment was coordinated with Chadian ground troops, offering the fighters no escape.
A Nigerian military officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he
was not authorized to speak to the press, confirmed the account and said the operation was solely Chadian.