Africom Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

A convoy of AFRICOM's armored vehicles drive to the Uganda People’s Defence Force compound in Mogadishu, Somalia

Violence Has Spiked in Africa Since the Military Founded AFRICOM

By News & Current Affairs

By Nick Turse, The Intercept — Since U.S. Africa Command began operations in 2008, the number of U.S. military personnel on the African continent has jumped 170 percent, from 2,600 to 7,000. The number of military missions, activities, programs, and exercises there has risen 1,900 percent, from 172 to 3,500. Drone strikes have soared and the number of commandos deployed has increased exponentially along with the size and scope of AFRICOM’s constellation of bases. The U.S. military has recently conducted 36…

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U.S. Air Force, soldiers of the East Africa Response Force (EARF) depart from a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules in Juba, South Sudan, Dec. 21, 2013

The US Military Is All Over Africa Despite Not Being at War in Africa

By Editors' Choice

There are currently roughly 7,500 US military personnel, including 1,000 contractors, deployed in Africa. For comparison, that figure was only 6,000 just a year ago. By Strategic Culture Foundation, Mint Press News — The theft of Africa continues despite the era of colonialism and slavery being over. The west continues to steal Africa’s plentiful resources turning a wealthy continent into poor people. Al Jazeera reports: “Africa is rich, but we…

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