Gen Mark Milley, centre right, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrives to a closed-door briefing at the Capitol in Washington on Jan 8, 2020. A Pentagon proposal to greatly reduce American forces in West Africa faced criticism from allies on Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020, with French officials arguing that removing United States intelligence assets in the region could stymie the fight against extremist groups. The New York Times

Plan to cut US troops in W Africa draws criticism

European officials argue that the plan could stymie the fight against extremist groups in the region