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Seasoned Combat Leader Takes Over Africa Command

Gen. David Rodriguez

Associated Press | Apr 05, 2013

STUTTGART, Germany - One of the American military's most seasoned combat leaders took charge Friday of U.S. Africa Command, whose No. 1 mission is to work with allies to neutralize the continent's widening web of Islamic extremist groups, including those affiliated with al-Qaida. Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez took over for Army Gen. Carter F. Ha... more

US Eyes Anti-Piracy Effort Along West Africa Coast

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Associated Press | Mar 26, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. and some of its allies are considering plans to increase anti-piracy operations along Africa's west coast, spurred on by concerns that money from the attacks is funding a Nigerian-based insurgent group that is linked to one of al-Qaida's most dangerous affiliates. Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea has escalated over the p... more

US Africa Command Headquarters to Stay in Germany

Stars and Stripes | Feb 05, 2013

STUTTGART, Germany -- The headquarters of U.S. Africa Command will remain in Germany, The Pentagon said Tuesday, after a lengthy review that examined whether the command should remain at its headquarters in Stuttgart or be relocated to the United States. "The decision to retain AFRICOM headquarters in Stuttgart was based on the operational need... more

US Vacates Embassy in Central Africa

United Press International | Dec 28, 2012

The U.S. Embassy in the Central African Republic was shut down Friday after the U.S. ambassador and about 40 others fled as rebels advanced toward the capital. The embassy shutdown, which the State Department described as temporary, was "a result of the deteriorating security situation" in the landlocked Central African country of 4.4 million, ... more

AFRICOM to Have Rapid Reaction Force

Early next year soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division's 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team will be tasked with improving the quality of African military forces as the Army's first "regionally-aligned" brigade assigned to U.S. Africa Command, or AFRICOM.

Stars and Stripes | Dec 18, 2012

STUTTGART, Germany -- In the politically charged aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi, in which the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed, it emerged that something crucial was missing from the structure of U.S. Africa Command: a rapid reaction force. Not anymore. In response to a question during a recent speec... more

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