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Islamic State In DR Congo, A Regional Threat – US

The United States under-secretary for the treasury in charge of terrorism and financial intelligence has said “the Islamic State in the Democratic Republic of Congo represents a more and more dangerous threat to the country and the region.”

The United States under-secretary for the treasury in charge of terrorism and financial intelligence has said “the Islamic State in the Democratic Republic of Congo represents a more and more dangerous threat to the country and the region.”

Brian Nelson who was speaking in Kinshasa on Thursday, Mar. 17,  while on a visit to the country, said his mission to the DR Congo was to demonstrate the support of the American treasury “to efforts in the fight against corruption in the DR Congo and to efforts aimed at reinforcing the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism.”

One of the important reasons for his visit concerns discussions on the best way to work together with the Congolese authorities in the fight against the financing of the Islamic State in the DR Congo.

The US official reiterated the need for systemic reforms which, according to him, are “fundamental to attain these objectives” and called on the Congolese authorities to “reinforce the judicial context of the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism.”

“These reforms are equally crucial to the development of a ripe environment for business that would attract American investments,” Nelson said, adding that he was optimistic following several productive meetings held with the Congolese authorities.

The Biden administration says it is supporting “the efforts of President Tshisekedi and the Congolese government against armed groups and terrorist groups such as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) which have now been designated as the Islamic State in the DR Congo and to put an end to violence which has been causing so much suffering to the populations living in eastern DR Congo.”


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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