Africa

Staging Sites Enable AFRICOM to Reach Hot Spots Within Four Hours

A quick reaction force with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response prepares to depart Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy. (MAIDA KALIC/U.S. MARINE CORPS)

STUTTGART, Germany — U.S. crisis-response forces can now reach hot spots in western Africa in a matter of hours thanks to a collection of military outposts established since the deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Libya exposed capability gaps, U.S. Africa Command’s Gen. David Rodriguez said. Senegal, Ghana and Gabon are playing... more

US Kicks Off Operation Flintlock Amid Regional Tensions

U.S. Army Soldiers of 91st Civil Affairs visit the Mauritania Camel Corps to establish a plan for future visits from U.S. veterinarians and Mauritanian Military during operation Flintlock 2013, Nema, Mauritania, Feb. 13, 2013. (JUSTIN DE HOYOS/U.S. ARMY)

STUTTGART, Germany — U.S. special operations forces kicked off three weeks of counterterrorism drills Monday in a series of western African states — including Niger and Chad — despite recent strikes by the insurgent group Boko Haram. “We haven’t canceled anything and our troops are fully prepared to handle anything,” said Bardha Azari, a spokes... more

Boko Haram Agrees to Truce, Will Free Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

A demonstrator holds a banner, during a protest about the kidnapping of girls in Nigeria, near the Nigerian High Commission in London, Friday, May 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

BUJA, Nigeria -- Boko Haram has agreed to a cease-fire with Nigeria and will release more than 200 girls who were abducted more than six months ago, reports say. "A cease-fire agreement has been concluded between the federal government of Nigeria and the Njama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad (Boko Haram)," Chief of Defense Staff Air Marsh... more

Military, Gov't Had Role in New Ebola Drug

Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife, Amber, are seen in an undated photo. Brantly became the first person infected with Ebola to be brought to the United States from Africa. (AP Photo/Samaritan's Purse)

Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified as a potential treatment earlier this year, thanks to a longstanding research program by the U.S. government and the military. The workers, Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, ar... more

Kony's Rebels Change Tactics to Evade Hunt

OBO, Central African Republic -- Knives, ropes, tarpaulins, AK-47s, and gun lubricant. These are some of the items handed over to the Ugandan army by three fighters who defected last month from Joseph Kony's rebels, the Lord's Resistance Army, in Central African Republic.   In the bush, where the men had lived for years, these prized possessio... more

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