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Two new U.S. military bases in Africa for 2019

Post Date: January 3, 2019 | Category: Around the World

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New in 2019: Two new US air bases in Africa nearing completion

By: Kyle Rempfer — U.S. Africa Command is hoping to finish two new air bases in 2019, one in Niger and one in Somalia, to stage operations against militants in the region.

Niger Air Base 201, a future hub for armed drones and other aircraft, was supposed to be completed this year. The region’s difficult weather and harsh conditions are pushing completion back to the middle of 2019, officials told Air Force Times.

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Africa: A Goldmine for Security Contractors

BY: David Isenberg — In recent years, U.S. military operations in Africa have greatly expanded. Washington has established forward operating locations (FOL) and drone bases. It has helped various African countries, like Liberia, retrain their militaries. It has tried to track rebel groups like the Lord’s Resistance Army and the East African terrorist group like Al-Shabaab. The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has been involved in wide-ranging activities.

Thanks to the work of a very few journalists—like Nick Turse who has greatly enhanced our understanding of U.S. Special Operations Forces in Africa or Craig Whitlock of The Washington Post who has exposed problems at U.S. drone bases—there’s more information about these expanded operations.

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U.S. missions in Africa

Post Date: October 21, 2016 | Category: The Danger Zone

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How Many Military Missions Does The US Now Carry Out In Africa Every Year?

The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), established in 2008 after officially separating from the European Command, has responsibility for all operations, exercises, and military-to-military trainings conducted on the African sub-continent. The U.S. Defense Department maintains six such geographic combatant commands globally.

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Under this contract, will compete with other awardees to answer AFRICOM task orders for fixed and rotary wing services throughout Northwest Africa, including countries such as Mali, Senegal, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Algeria. Tempus would provide services in a variety of company-owned and operated aircraft, including a Pilatus PC-12, Gulfstream III and Cessna Caravan.

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"This mission for AFRICOM is a focal point and substantial growth area for Tempus' international operations," said Tempus CEO Scott Terry "We are committed to developing the fleet and personnel to accommodate AFRICOM's needs." Tempus has a significant track record in providing services throughout Africa, having flown more than 3,000 hours in the continent, primarily in East and Central Africa, over the past six years.

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"What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things -- especially when it comes to the U.S. military in Africa." So writes investigative reporter Nick Turse in his latest book, Tomorrow's Battlefield: U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa.

Adapted from a series of articles written for TomDispatch.com from 2012 to late 2014,Tomorrow's Battlefield methodically follows Turse's exploration of the U.S. military's Africa Command, or AFRICOM, a reporting mission that Turse says was continually re-inspired by his subjects' lack of cooperation. "Basically, it was AFRICOM that made me do it. They were really responsible for this book," he told HuffPost in a recent interview.

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WASHINGTON — A U.S. House-passed Pentagon policy bill raises concerns about the Defense Department’s use of private contractors in Africa, citing problems encountered in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The lower chamber’s version of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), passed May 22, contains a provision that would require the US comptroller general to deliver lawmakers a detailed report about US Africa Command’s ability to “plan, manage and oversee contractors.”

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