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US Senate confirms top generals for Europe, Africa

Rebecca Kheel The new top generals for US military forces in Europe and Africa have been confirmed by the Senate. The Senate confirmed Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters to be commander of US European Command (EUCOM) and Army Gen. Stephen Townsend to be commander of US Africa Command (Africom) by unanimous consent

AFRICOM commander calls for diplomatic push in Africa as US pulls troops from continent

John Vandiver The United States needs higher level political engagement in Africa to counter China’s growing influence even as the military cuts back troop levels on the continent, U.S. Africa Command’s commander told lawmakers Thursday. About 300 counterterrorism troops have been pulled from Africa in connection with a strategy shift that calls

Boko Haram: Concern mounts over possible mutiny within Nigerian military

Tension is rising among the top hierarchy of the Nigerian military as fears continue to spread of an imminent rebellion among the rank and file,  writes Samson Folarin and Tobi Aworinde of The Sunday Punch   Our correspondents, who spoke to four senior officers, including a Major General, learnt that many of the soldiers, especially those

Somalia: US air strike kills 60 al-Shabab fighters

A US military air raid against the al-Shabab group in Somalia - one of its deadliest in nearly a year - has killed about 60 fighters, according to US military officials. The air attack, which was launched on Friday, occurred near the al-Shabab-controlled community of Harardere in Mudug province in central Somalia, the US Africa Command (AFRICOM)

AFRICOM sees growing threat from ISIS affiliate

By John Vandiver An Islamic State affiliate operating under the radar in western Africa now poses a more significant threat to the region than the notorious Boko Haram terrorist group, U.S. military officials say. The Islamic State West Africa, made up of former Boko Haram fighters, broke away from its parent group

US special operators in Africa get new boss

The U.S. special operations troops that conduct some of the military’s most sensitive missions in Africa are under new leadership after Maj. Gen. Marcus Hicks took the helm Thursday of U.S. Africa Command’s elite forces. Hicks replaces Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc, who will retire after a 32-year military career that took

TRANSCRIPT: Telephonic press briefing with AFRICOM, MNJTF, AMISOM Commanders on African security

Telephonic Press Briefing with Marine Corps. General Thomas D.  Waldhauser, Commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) Major General Lamidi Adeosun, Commander of the Lake Chad Basin Multi-National Task Force (MNJTF) and Lieutenant General Osman Noor Soubagleh, Commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Stuttgart, Germany April 20, 2017   OPERATOR:  Ladies and