July 29 2019
The Intercept

Violence Has Spiked in Africa Since the Military Founded AFRICOM, Pentagon Study Finds

by Nick Turse

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. . . .

AFRICOM "disrupts and neutralizes transnational threats" in order to "promote regional security, stability and prosperity," according to its mission statement. But since AFRICOM began, key indicators of security and stability in Africa have plummeted according to the Defense Department's Africa Center for Strategic Studies, a Pentagon research institution. "Overall, militant Islamist group activity in Africa has doubled since 2012," according to a recent analysis by the Africa Center. . . .


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