Mon Dec 24, 2012, 11:57 AM
The Straight Story (47,901 posts)
Army to send troops to 35 African nations next year
WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. Army brigade will begin sending small teams into as many as 35 African nations early next year, part of an intensifying Pentagon effort to train countries to battle extremists and give the U.S. a ready and trained force to dispatch to Africa if crises requiring the U.S. military emerge.
The teams will be limited to training and equipping efforts, and will not be permitted to conduct military operations without specific, additional approvals from the secretary of defense.
The sharper focus on Africa by the U.S. comes against a backdrop of widespread insurgent violence across North Africa, and as the African Union and other nations discuss military intervention in northern Mali.
The terror threat from al-Qaida linked groups in Africa has been growing steadily, particularly with the rise of the extremist Islamist sect Boko Haram in Nigeria. Officials also believe that the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, which killed the ambassador and three other Americans, may have been carried out by those who had ties to al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.
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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 12:08 PM
Recursion (37,871 posts)
2. And the Africa pendulum swings back again
We've been jumping into and out of Africa every few years since I was a Lance Corporal. No strategy, no long term view. Even with an Africa Command, it hasn't gotten better.
Response to jwirr (Reply #3)
Mon Dec 24, 2012, 12:41 PM
amandabeech (9,687 posts)
4. It is probably to counter the Chinese,
who are buying up agricultural land and natural resources in Africa like mad. And not to the benefit of the regular people of Africa.