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

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

Rebel Leader Kony Evades Jungle Hunt

African rebel fighters

NZACKO, Central African Republic -- The African troops hoped the latest defector from the Lord's Resistance Army rebel group would have fresh insight into the location of infamous warlord Joseph Kony.   But Sam Opio, a senior rebel commander who defected last week, shook his head and said he hadn't seen rebel leader Kony since 2010.   He is ... more

Seasoned Combat Leader Takes Over Africa Command

Gen. David Rodriguez

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

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