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US spent millions on defense training, climate initiatives for latest African country to suffer military coup |

The United States has pumped millions of dollars in foreign aid to an African country whose military staged a successful coup against the sitting president on Wednesday.

According to, the US has sent approximately $100 million in direct foreign assistance to Gabon, a country located in the Sahel region of Africa, since 2001. Several Gabonese military forces arrested President Ali Bongo Ondimba in a successful coup that sought to overturn the results of a highly contested election on Wednesday.

According to, approximately $10 million of direct foreign aid went to promoting stability and peace in the region. These initiatives focused primarily on military education and training and counterterrorism programs, and are supported by the Department of Defense and the Department of State.


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