From the early on AFRICOM has been trying to persuade the general public of its truly humanitarian objectives in the African region. The U.S. military forces have insisted that its aim is to back up the armies of the partnering sides to African states and provide humanitarian aid.
U.S. Army General Donald Bolduc uncovered the essential: “America is not at war in Africa. But its partner forces are.” The irony has never been more evident. It is summed up by another line by Derek Gannon: “U.S. military involvement in Africa is called Low Intensity Irregular Warfare, yet technically it’s not considered war by the Pentagon. But warfare is warfare to me.”
The U.S. military presence in Africa is on the increase with its embassy-based military missions called “Offices of Security Cooperation” going up from nine in 2008 to 36 in 2016. It has been said the U.S. military is now present in at least 49 African countries, with the persuasive goal to fight terrorism.
Thus, 100 troops were sent to Niger in 2013 to set up a drone base at the spot where the U.S. had already been engaged in refueling assistance to the French. By June 2017, AFRICOM personnel in Niger had increased to at least 645, and by now there may be as many as 800 U.S. troops staying there.
“On October 5, about 30 Nigerien troops were patrolling in unarmored trucks alongside a dozen U.S. Army soldiers, among them Green Beret special forces. The patrol was coming from a meeting with tribal leaders and came within striking distance of the border between Niger and its war-torn neighbor Mali. The militants rode in on motorcycles and attacked the patrol with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns, killing eight: four Nigeriens, and another U.S. soldier.”
With further expansion of sorts, AFRICOM will be more than confident of the U.S. military presence in Africa while being below the radar following its supposed advisory back-up story. Its agenda has been to use proxy African soldiers to engage in actual combat without worries of U.S. death toll. They are letting our people die from the bullets.