Over the past six years, each incoming commander of the U.S. Africa Command has offered a more dismal and dire assessment of the situation facing the American military there than his predecessor.
Somehow, between 2015 and 2016, more than 200 AFRICOM missions from 2014 simply vanished. And the Senate Armed Services Committee apparently hasn't bothered to ask for clarification.
The commander of U.S. forces in Africa held talks Tuesday in Nigeria as Washington sought to help the government in Abuja trace more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants.
Is the US secretly training Libyan militiamen in the Canary Islands? That’s what I asked a spokesman for U Africa Command “I am surprised by your mentioning the Canary Islands,” he responded by email “I have not heard this before, and wonder where you heard this”.
At a recent Pentagon news conference, the AFRICOM commander assured reporters that the U.S. “has little forward presence” in Africa. Just days earlier, however, the men building that presence told a very different story to some of the biggest military engineering firms on the planet. And the story was of war.