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The US maintains an 800-strong troop presence in Niger, according to US Africa Command (AFRICOM), but many of them are there temporarily, assigned to constructing a drone base near Agadez in central Niger, Mattis told lawmakers in the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday. On Monday ...
Including this latest incident, 19 police officers in the United States have been shot and killed in the line of duty in 2018. ... Last week 2,000 personnel from 15 countries went to Morocco for the annual US–Morocco bilateral military exercise—African Lion—sponsored by US Africa Command (AFRICOM).

The US military has begun briefing the families of the four American troops who were killed in an ambush in Niger on October 4, 2017, by Islamist ... Thomas Waldhauser, the commander of US Africa Command (AFRICOM), said that the investigation was "exhaustive" and "very, very detailed," but that ...
The United States has in recent years increased its presence on the continent, which had been in decline since the end of the Cold War. Late last year Washington signed a deal with Chad, which allowed US Africa Command or Africom to use direct force against armed groups there. And, when four US ...
This expanding network was a key reason the military reorganized its world-spanning unified combatant command system in 2008 to place responsibility for the continent of Africa under a single United States Africa Command, or AFRICOM. As the twenty-first century stretches onward, the U.S. occupation of ...
... his "views and the feasibility and suitability of assigning one of the future Security Forces Assistant Brigades" to U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) to meet ... Putting one such brigade under the control of AFRICOM would help maintain training and readiness for soldiers already in the region, said Inhofe, ...

When four U.S. soldiers were killed in the west African country of Niger last year, many in the American public — and even some lawmakers who serve on foreign-policy committees — were surprised to discover the United States had troops there. In fact, more than 6,000 American troops are currently ...
The Department of State is participating in Flintlock, U.S. Africa Command's (AFRICOM) annual and largest Special Operations Forces exercise. ... partners include Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
U.S. forces conducted an airstrike against the al Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab group in Somalia on Sunday, killing five militants, U.S. Africa Command (Africom) said Monday. The strike happened in the afternoon near El Bur, a town in the semi-autonomous central Somali region of Galmudug. The strike also ...
Questions about whether the American military, under the Trump administration, is seeking to blur the expanding scope of operations in Africa were raised this month when it was revealed that the United States had carried out four airstrikes in Libya between September and January that Africa Command ...

Senators on Tuesday discussed why the U.S. Africa Command is not based in Africa. (Staff Sgt. Allyson Manners/Air ... In 2013, military officials opted to leave the AFRICOM headquarters in Stuttgart after a lengthy review of other potential sites, including the United States. At the time Defense Department ...
And U.S. Africa Command, which doesn't have its own policy on the issue, is also doing a review to determine whether new guidelines are required, said Army Col. Mark Cheadle, spokesman for the command. The goal is to ensure commanders understand the risks when they authorize helmet cameras or ...
Defense cooperation between the US and Africa took off after George W. Bush established Africa Command in 2007. Since then, the Command, known as AFRICOM, has established a constellation of American forward-operating bases and runs training programs and exercises with nearly every country on ...
Africom preparing for Ex Flintlock 2018 ... Flintlock is U.S. Africa Command's premier and largest annual Special Operations Forces exercise. ... Forces and law enforcement agencies, increasing their ability to work together during ongoing multinational operations and in response to crises, Africom said.
... Qaeda branch in Africa was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Libya on Saturday. Musa Abu Dawud, a high-ranking al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) official, was one of two militants killed in the precision strike near Ubari in southwestern Libya, Africa Command (Africom) said in a statement Wednesday.
On Libyan political reconciliation he said: “In Libya, U.S. Africa Command continues to support the U.S. Libya External Office's diplomatic efforts to promote the UN-facilitated Libyan political reconciliation process. Our counterterrorism strategy has allowed time for the political reconciliation process to ...
"Somalis are going to need to decide for themselves what the arrangement will be at the end of the day," Gen Thomas Waldhauser, head of the US Africa Command (Africom), told members of Congress. He said Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, popularly known as Farmajo, is aiming to ...
Thomas Waldhauser, the head of U.S. Africa Command, emphasized that AFRICOM requires a significant boost to both its quick-response (QRF) and ... [It's] three and a half times the United States inside the African continent, and then you have small pockets of people distributed in many different places.
As reports emerge that four U.S. troops killed in an October ambush in Niger may not have gotten command approval for their mission, the Marine general ... on Capitol Hill that he could not discuss details of Africa Command's investigation until the report was finalized and briefed to the families of the fallen.
Highlighting the difficulty of tackling such a mission, Marine Corps General Thomas Waldhauser, commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), told the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that the U.S. strategy incorporated more than just military action and worked "by, with and through" local ...


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