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Pentagon explains deployment to fight Ebola

September 16th, 2014
04:13 PM ET

Pentagon Spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby on Tuesday told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that the Ebola outbreak is something that “we’ve been tracking for quite a while.”

“We understand the threat, we understand how dangerous this disease is, and we want to chip in just as much as we can.”

To that end, the American government announced on Tuesday that it was hugely stepping up its efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak, sending about 3,000 military personnel, setting up medical facilities and training local health workers.

“It’s good to help create stable conditions, not instable, so that we don’t have security threats down the road. So there’s lot of reasons why we believe this is a national security threat, and why we are convinced that it is the right thing to do to contribute to it.”

Rear Admiral Kirby said the effort would not detract at all from “the things that the American military needs to do for American people, which is to protect and defend them.”

Click above to watch Amanpour’s full interview with Rear Admiral Kirby.

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  1. TaxPayer

    If/when these troops become infected with ebola will they be treated on site or returned to the US for treatment?

    September 16, 2014 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  2. Erm...

    How about telling everyone how your buddy Poroshenko abides by his own ceasefire, CNN?

    September 17, 2014 at 10:49 am | Reply
  3. Erm...

    US/UK media coverup of Nazis in Ukraine continues unraveling and MH-17 falls apart…

    Throughout late August and early September there has been somewhat of a shift in prominent US and UK media outlets who have covered up aspects of the Ukrainian crisis, as they have begun pointing out that there are Nazi battalions operating in the Ukrainian military. For observant people watching You Tube videos this has been evident for quite some time over the last 6 months, especially in light of the large amount of false flag attacks these Ukrainian Nazis have conducted on camera. However, the US and UK media have been previously covering up this fact along with the atrocities these Nazi battalions have conducted against thousands of innocent civilians. Of course, the majority of the US and UK public continues to believe the Ukraine crisis is Vladimir Putins fault due to the massive anti-Russia media deception and coverup that has taken place since the Maidan riots and the sniper shootings from the Hotel Ukraine.

    Here are two examples of nazi atrocities that took place quite recently. The first is the slaughter of innocent civilians in Donetsk this past week. (The victims are at the 2:55 mark- they include a little girl younger than 12).

    September 17, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  4. maltesejohn

    Hello Christiane, I simply Love your presentation on CNN. I am Maltese living abroad and I read that a few hours ago a merchant ship "Western Copenhagen" is on the way from Guinea to Ukraine. At present It has just cleared the Straits of Scicly and during these few days since it sailed from the port in Guinea crew members are showing signs and symptoms of the ebola virus.The Captain has made an emergency call to the maltese authorities reporting and requesting medical assistance. How can this happen when the WORLD is screaming for strictest measures to NOT spread the virus? The ship is en route to Ukraine. probably arriving in 3 days by my calculations. I am an ex merchant navy officer. Should this vessel not be placed under strictest quarantine? Surely Ukraine dont need this now... Would you not bring this to the attention of the World and what are ALL ships doing in terms of preventing the spread of diseases on an international scale? Especialy ships calling at west african ports?

    September 18, 2014 at 1:53 pm | Reply

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