WITH 34 MILITARY SITES, AFRICA IS THE SECOND STAGE OF US OPERATIONS AFTER THE MIDDLE EAST
The US military presence in Africa is far more important than what the Pentagon claims, according to papers released on 3 December by the US magazine The Intercept.
The US holds a total of 34 military sites in Africa, according to the investigative magazine. These 14 major bases and 20 camps, outposts. This continent is thus the second stage of US operations after the Middle East, with a specific interest in drone bases.
According to a report by Peter Teil, technical advisor to the Pentagon, the largest base Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, which is the "main platform" of US operations. Camp Lemonnier, which represents the largest base of drones in the world, with more than 4000 men for operations both in Africa and the Middle East.
Several other US military sites projects are also in the pipes on the African continent. "The air component of US Africa Command has completed or is currently working on nearly 30 construction projects in four African countries," say the reports consulted by The Intercept.
Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti and would soon be supplanted by a major US military site in Agadez, Niger. This is a basic drones, whose sole construction will cost some 100 million dollars.
The Americans have also no less than five military sites in Somalia, four bases in Kenya, a site devoted mainly to supervision in Entebbe (Uganda), three sites in Cameroon, including a base drones in Garoua two locations in Chad and a squadron of military cooperation in Gabon.
In North Africa, their presence is more discreet: three undisclosed sites in Libya and a drone base in Tunisia.
In West Africa, the United States has a site in Dakar and Bamako two and a squadron of cooperation in Ghana.
In southern Africa, their presence is limited to a site in Gaborone, Botswana.