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Vol 57 No 2

Published 22nd January 2016

Pentagon expands in Africa

The US Africa Command is improving its logistics south of the Sahara because it believes insurgent threats are growing

Africa is home to 'growing threats and opportunities', says the United States Africa Command (Africom) Commander, General David M. Rodriguez. The USA is accordingly improving its access to all parts of the continent so as to be able to move there quickly if the need should arise. The threats Rodriguez refers to include Da'ish ('Islamic State', IS), Somalia's Al Haraka al Shabaab al Mujahideen, other Al Qaida affiliates and Nigeria's Boko Haram, now officially part of Da'ish. Africom also works with the Ugandan military to counter Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, which operates out of Central African Republic and Sudan . It is also believed to be working closely with French forces in the Sahel and West Africa.

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