The Address | Benghazi – Libya
WASHINGTON – Head of the United States Army in Africa said on Tuesday that his forces are more involved than it’s ever been in Africa.
The Pentagon last month announced it would trim about 10 per cent of the 7,200 US troops in Africa as part of a broader shift in focus towards “Great Power” competitors such as China and Russia.
Major General Roger Cloutier, whose command includes about 2,000 soldiers working in approximately 40 African nations, said some partner militaries had expressed concerns when they learned of what the Pentagon calls “optimisation”.
“They’re concerned, when (they) hear that,” Cloutier told AFP.
“It could be confused as somehow the United States is withdrawing from Africa, and that’s not the case. I can tell you that we are more involved than we’ve ever been.”
With extremist organisations including the ISIS group and Al-Qaeda affiliates cropping up across various African nations, the US military hopes that its presence will fend off a growing threat.