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AFRICANGLOBE - Under the cover of the United States Africa Command, or AFRICOM, the United States has stepped up its military presence in Africa. At the World Economic Forum in Nigeria in May, U.S. Marines provided security. Marines patrolled the streets in and around the conference building in Abuja — a reflection of how Washington has reduced Africa’s giant nation to a country that can’t even secure its own streets without U.S. forces.
AFRICANGLOBE - Germany's new defence minister said Sunday her country should engage more strongly in Africa by sending additional military trainers to Mali and supporting the French intervention in Central African Republic.
AFRICANGLOBE - France will broaden its military presence in Africa's Sahel region with specialized new outposts to better fight the "terror threat" from extremist groups such as al-Qaida, the defense minister said Tuesday. In a recent interview, Jean-Yves Le Drian said France is moving toward a regional counterterrorism approach in former French colonies such as Chad, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali.